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Thaipusam was held from Thursday, 16 to Saturday, 18 January, 2014 in Penang   Leave a comment

Good morning, but will go back to sleep later before a meeting in the afternoon. Shelve that idea as I shall going to Royal Hotel to bid farewell to our newly-made friends. We must go to show our warm hospitality even with our tiredness. In photography, there may be rules governing positioning object of interest, vanishing points, 45 degrees Shadow effect, but in my opinion I shot what I like breaking all rules for that photo/s. If you treat Photography as a rocket science then I say enjoyment and winning is lesser, but who cares so long, you enjoy yourselves. Happy Thaipusam.

I think I might start a trend in shooting the hooks-pulling act, hehehe. Using a 8-15mm Fisheye lens, I place the camera in between the gap of the ropes and the result is this shot. After that, I notice some photographers started to use the similar angle for their shots. Better post this first to gain credit as S.P.’s angle …. hahaha.

From Penang Tourism News:-

Thaipusam 2014
Written by Administrator II
Thursday, 16 January 2014 09:51

Date: 16 – 18 January 2014
Main venue: Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Waterfall Temple
Thaipusam is a three-day festival celebrated during the full moon of the 10th month in the Hindu calendar and signifies the victory of good over evil. The celebration begins with a pilgrimage procession on the eve of Thaipusam to bring the statue of Lord Muruga on a silver chariot led by more than 60 kavadis from Little India to the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani temple on top of the hill along Waterfall Road.
The procession usually starts at 6.00am departing from Kovil Veedu (House Temple) on Penang Street and travel through Buckingham Street, Campbell Street, Penang Road, Transfer Road, Burmah Road, Anson Road, Macalister Road and Ayer Rajah Road before it reaches the hilltop temple. On the day, coconuts are also smashed on the roads before the chariot to symbolise the shattering of one’s ego, to achieve self-realization and also to ‘cleanse’ the road. Aside from that, devotees also make offerings of fruits, flowers and incense to the deity.
On Thaipusam day, devotees will undertake a pilgrimage to the Waterfall hilltop temple while carrying kavadis as an act of penance and fulfilment of a vow or to develop spirituality. Carrying kavadis can be in the form of carrying Paal Kudam (milk pots) as offerings to god or in the form of physical endurance by piercing the cheeks, tongue, or skin on the body with hooks and Vel skewers.
The following day will see the return-trip of the silver chariot to Kovil Veedu on Penang Street from 6.00pm onwards and will pass through Western Road (Jalan Utama), Dato Keramat Road, Magazine Road and Victoria Street. On this day, the same activities that were carried out on the eve of Thaipusam are carried out again along the route of the procession. During this three-day celebration, one can find beautifully decorated make-shift stalls erected along Western Road and Gottlieb Road, selling traditional Indian goods, souvenirs, decorative items and snacks.
For further enquiries, please contact the Penang Hindu Endowment Board at 04-650 5215.

Inserted by SP Lim
I shall feature 8 segments under ” FAPA Photo-shoot of the Thaipusam ” later in my blog after editing the thousands of photographs in my archives. The blogs were published on 7th. February 2014 with Part 1, 9th. February with Part 2, followed till Part 6 on 14th February and last Part 7 on 16th. February, 2014. My humble apologies from a senior citizen, patience is indeed a virtue.

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