Thaipusam Celebrations at Lorong Kulit, Penang   Leave a comment

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.

This is the second day of Thaipusam at Lorong Kulit in the morning. The delegated from 12 countries of 24th Federation of Asian Photographic Art (FAPA) Congress, Penang were taken here to photo-shoot the activities happening at this place.

Inserted By SP Lim

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