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Expatriate Malaysia Festival Guide -
Thaipusam Festival
24 Jan 2016 (Sunday)

  Thaipusam - A Must Visit Event in Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur & Penang

2012 Thaipusam Festival Batu Caves Selangor Malaysia
Thousands of devotees & visitors throng Batu Caves during
 Thaipusam day

Celebrated on the 10th month of the Hindu calendar, Thaipusam, which falls in January or February each year, is a day of penance and thanksgiving for Hindus. The festival is celebrated in honour of Lord Muruga (also known as Lord Subramaniam) and Hindus believe that sins can be cleansed during Thaipusam.

2012 Thaipusam Malaysia - Lord Muruga Statue at Batu Caves

Many who take part in the festival prepare themselves by cleansing their bodies through fasting and abstinence, usually observing a vegetarian diet for a certain period of time. On the eve of the festival, the image of Lord Muruga, on a be jewelled silver chariot, is pull along by 2 bulls. As the traditional abode of Lord Muruga is a hill or mountain, in Kuala Lumpur this grand procession culminates at Batu Caves where many devotees carry the image of Lord Muruga up 272 steps to the temple cave.

2012 Batu Caves Thaipusam Kavadi Selangor Malaysia

Many devotees carry 'kavadis' - ornate frames supported by metal spikes and hooks inserted into their bodies- without blood being let. Thousands of fresh coconuts are also smashed along the route of the procession.

Batu Caves

Batu Caves, located in Gombak district, is said to be the most popular tourist destination in Selangor. It has never ceased to attract visitors, both local and foreign.

Only 15 km north of Kuala Lumpur, the caves consist of three main caves and a number of smaller ones. Visitors could reach the top cave via the 272 steps built specially to scale the steep, jagged face of the limestone outcrop.

Thaipusam Celebration at Batu Caves, Selangor Malaysia

During the Thaipusam festival, Batu Caves hosts the largest gathering of Hindu devotees in Malaysia. Thaipusam is a religious festival where Hindus pay annual homage to Lord Muruga. The highlight of this celebration is the kavadi procession. Close to 800,000 people throng Batu Caves for this celebration.

- View Thaipusam video

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- Pangkor Laut Resort
- The many faces of KLCC
- Forest Research Institute of Malaysia FRIM
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