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Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 4   Leave a comment


Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 4

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 4

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 4

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 4

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 4

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 4

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 4

 

 

 

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 3   Leave a comment


Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 3

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 3

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 3

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 3

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 3

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 3

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 3

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 2   Leave a comment


Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 – Part 2

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 2

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 2

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 2

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 2

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 2

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 2

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 1   Leave a comment


Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 1

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108

Flash-back ~ Thaipusam of 2017   2 comments


Flash-back ~ Thaipusam of 2017

This year of 2018  the Thaipusam Festival falls on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 which also coincides with an eclipse of the moon on that night –  a good or bad sign?

SP Lim

Flash-back ~ Thaipusam of 2017

Flash-back ~ Thaipusam of 2017

Flash-back ~ Thaipusam of 2017

Flash-back ~ Thaipusam of 2017

Flash-back ~ Thaipusam of 2017

Flash-back ~ Thaipusam of 2017

Penang Thaipusam 2017 ~ Part 2   1 comment


Penang Thaipusam 2017 ~ Part 2

Internet came back and gone away after a few happy minutes. Luckily I managed to sneak these series of photographs within this short window of opportunity.

SP Lim

Penang Thaipusam 2017

Penang Thaipusam 2017

Penang Thaipusam 2017. Getting bags of coconuts before the approach of the Golden Chariot or Silver Chariot. These shall be broken by the devotees throwing forcefully onto the road.

Penang Thaipusam 2017. Getting bags of coconuts before the approach of the Golden Chariot or Silver Chariot. These shall be broken by the devotees throwing forcefully onto the road.

Penang Thaipusam 2017 ~ Free Vegetarian Food to the devotees by other devotees sponsored by individuals or companies.

Penang Thaipusam 2017 ~ Free Vegetarian Food to the devotees by other devotees sponsored by individuals or companies.

Penang Thaipusam 2017

Penang Thaipusam 2017

Penang Thaipusam 2017 ~ Free Vegetarian Food to the devotees by other devotees sponsored by individuals or companies.

Penang Thaipusam 2017 ~ Free Vegetarian Food to the devotees by other devotees sponsored by individuals or companies.

Penang Thaipusam 2017 ~ Free Vegetarian Food to the devotees by other devotees sponsored by individuals or companies.

Penang Thaipusam 2017 ~ Free Vegetarian Food to the devotees by other devotees sponsored by individuals or companies.

 

 

 

Penang Thaipusam 2017 with two Chariots of Gold and Silver ~ Part 1   1 comment


Penang Thaipusam 2017 with two Chariots of Gold and Silver ~ Part 1

Penang Thaipusam 2017 with two Chariots of Gold and Silver. This is the latest Golden Chariot effective this year.

Penang Thaipusam 2017 with two Chariots of Gold and Silver. This is the latest Golden Chariot effective this year.

Penang Thaipusam 2017 with two Chariots of Gold and Silver. This is the traditional Silver Chariot of many years.

Penang Thaipusam 2017 with two Chariots of Gold and Silver. This is the traditional Silver Chariot of many years.

Flash-back to Thaipusam 2015   Leave a comment


Flash-back to Day One of the Penang Thaipusam 2015
For a current Project with the Inti students, I am re-visiting Thaipusam Day 1 to select some Indian Malaysian cultural photographs of the Hindu faith.
SP Lim

Happy Thaipusam 2015   Leave a comment


Happy Thaipusam 2015
From Wikipedia:-
Thaipusam “Thaipoosam” (Tamil: தைப்பூசம், Taippūcam ?) is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February). It is mainly observed in countries where there is a significant presence of Tamil community such as India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore, Guadalupe, Reunion, Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar,
The word Thaipusam is a combination of the name of the month, Thai, and the name of a star, Pusam. This particular star is at its highest point during the festival. The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel “spear” so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman. There is a misconception among people that Thaipusam marks Murugan’s birthday; however, it is believed that Vaikhasi Vishakam, which falls in the Vaikhasi month (May/June), is Murugan’s birthday.

Penang
Thaipusam is celebrated at Tannirmalai Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple in George Town. It is one of the main events in Penang. On the eve of Thaipusam, a silver chariot with the statue of Lord Muruga is led on a procession, accompanied by Chettiar kavadis or devotees, carrying peacock feathers. The procession usually starts at 6.00am departing from Kovil Veddu (Temple House) at Market Street and travelling through Chulia Street, Victoria Street, Prangin Road Ghaut, C.Y. Choy Road, Magazine Road(KOMTAR), Datuk Keramat Road, Irving Road, Jalan Utama and Waterfall Road on its route. It reaches the Nattukkottai Chettiar Temple at Waterfall Road at about midnight, culminating a 15-hour journey . On the eve day, coconuts are smashed on the roads before the chariot to symbolise the shattering of one’s ego in the pursuit of self-realization. In addition, devotees also make offerings of fruits, flowers and incense to the Lord Muruga in the Silver Chariot.On Thaipusam Day, devotees undertake a pilgrimage from the Lorong Kulit temple to the Thannirmalai Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple. It is located high on a hill. Carrying kavadis can be an act of penance or fulfilment of a vow done to develop spirituality. The kavadis can take the form of 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 Thannirmalai Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple can accommodate up to 800,000 devotees for the annual Thaipusam Festival. Devotees need to climb over 500 steps to reach the hilltop temple. This is more than the 272 steps at the famous Batu Caves (Kuala Lumpur). Upon reaching the temple, devotees will fulfill their vows, offer thanksgiving prayers and penance to Lord Muruga.On the next day, the silver chariot with Lord Muruga makes a return trip to Kovil Veedu at Market Street from the Nattukottai Chettiar Murugan Temple . The return trip from the Waterfall temple lasts from 6.00 pm until dawn the next day. It takes a different route back, passing through Waterfall Road, Gottlieb Road, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Cantonment Road, Macalister Road, Anson Road, Burmah Road, Transfer Road, Sri Bahari Road, Penang Road, Campbell Street, Buckingham Street, Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling, Chulia Street, Queen Street, China Street, Beach Street and Market 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 over 100 beautifully decorated stalls erected along Western Road and Gottlieb Road. These stalls sell traditional Indian goods, souvenirs, decorative items and snacks and refreshments. Thunderous loud music, singing, dancing and the beating of drums can be seen and heard from afar throughout the festival. This is a festival of rich culture and deep tradition in Penang.

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Night Procession of the Thaipusam 2014   Leave a comment


Night Procession of the Thaipusam 2014 is the journey back to the Temple located in George Town, Penang from the Temple in Waterfall Garden or better known as the Penang Botanic Garden.

The Chariot Procession – the Return Journey
The 120-year-old silver chariot bearing the statue, reportedly to be gold, of Lord Muruga made its 9 km return journey from the Nattukotai Chettiar Temple in Jalan Air Terjun aka Waterfall Road back to the Kovil Veedu located at Penang Street, George Town, at 6.00 pm on Saturday, 18 January, 2014. The Chariot passed through Jalan Air Terjun, Gottlieb Road, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Cantonment Road, Macalister Road, Anson Road, Burmah Road, Transfer Road, Sri Bahari Road, Penang Road, Campbell Street, Buckingham Street, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling or Pitt Street, Chulia Street, Queen Street, Market Street, Penang Street, China Street, Beach Street, and Lebuh Pasar. The Chariot was expected to reach the Kovil Veedu at around 8.00 am Sunday morning.

SP Lim

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