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Penang Thaipusam: The Golden and Silver Chariots

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Penang Thaipusam: Scenes from the Festival

Scenes from the Penang Thaipusam festival. During the festival, the breaking of the coconuts is a ritual practiced by Hindus as an act of cleansing and also to symbolize the renounce of one’s ego at the feet of the presiding deity Lord Muruga (usually carried on a chariot).

Penang Hilltop Hindu Temple

The stairs to the hilltop temple.

The procession for Thaipusam begins today from George Town area and will complete its journey at the famous hilltop temple at Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani (The Waterfall Hilltop Temple).

Penang Thaipusam: A Kavadi Carrier

A Kavadi carrier walking through the crowded road to the temple during the Thaipusam festival in Penang.

Penang Thaipusam Festival 2018

Scenes from the Thaipusam festival celebration in Penang.
A Hindu festival mostly celebrated by the Tamil community every year, the Thaipusam festival for this year falls on the 31st January. The most notable or intriguing scene from this festival is the kavadi-bearers, devotees who usually had their bodies pierced while undergoing a pilgrimage as part of their offerings for their gods during the festival.

The Waterfall Hilltop Temple

The Waterfall Hilltop Temple

This beautiful temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Penang, and is also the main hosting temple for the famous Thaipusam festival that is being celebrated annually by Hindu devotees.

Thaipusam Festival

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In conjunction with the Thaipusam Festival, today is a public holiday in Penang. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community annually.

A Scene at Thaipusam Festival

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Today marks the day of the Thaipusam festival, celebrated by Hindu devotees in the country.

Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community annually. Outside India, Malaysia is the only country which widely observes this festival. In Malaysia, it was popularly celebrated by many Hindu devotees either at the Batu Caves in Selangor or the Waterfall Temple in Penang. Carrying the ‘kavadi’ or pulling chariots via ropes pierced on the bodies of devotees are common sights during the festival.

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