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Thaipusam is an important festival observed by the Hindus of southern India during the Tamil month of Thai (January - February). Outside of India, it is celebrated mainly by the Tamil speaking community settled in Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka and elsewhere around the world.

Thaipusam is dedicated to the Hindu god Murugan or Kartikeya, the son of Shiva and Parvati. It is believed that on this day, Goddess Parvati presented a lance to Lord Murgan to vanquish the demon army of Tarakasura and combat their evil deeds. Therefore, Thaipusam is a celebration of the victory of good over evil. A major feature of Thaipusam celebrations is body piercing. Read Full Article

Photo Subhamoy Das
January 31, 2010 at 6:13 am
(1) Jan Geirnaert Matsalleh in Malaysia says:

Yep interesting event the Thaipusam 2010. I have made some snapshots and have put them online at http://www.flickr.com/photos/tropicaljantie/sets/72157623187233959/ . Very colorful event.

January 21, 2011 at 2:18 am
(2) Tawaraja says:

Nice pictures Jan Geirnaert, you need to upload more pictures of the Kavadi and Paalkudam bearers. They are the main attraction to Batu Caves during Thaipusam where the devotees offer their gratitude to Lord Muruga by carrying the Kavadis and the milk pots. Cheers.

January 24, 2011 at 2:26 am
(3) sahana says:

Yup this is a holy festival specially celebrated in all Lord Murugan’s temple. Palani is one of the famous temple for Lord Murugan in TamilNadu.

January 25, 2011 at 7:56 am
(4) V says:

Thanks Jan Geirnaert for the nice clear picture. Enjoyed. Thanks once again.

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(5) fuptensustymn says:

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