Saturday, January 26, 2013

Thaipusam 2013 at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

Tomorrow is Thaipusam. Temple officials expect a turnout of 1.6 million people at Batu Caves this year.

If you are living near Batu Caves, you will be able to watch the fireworks display tonight at midnight. The 15-minute fireworks display will be one of the highlights of the celebration this weekend.

The silver chariot carrying the sta­tue of Lord Muruga made its annual 15km journey, leaving the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Jalan Bandar at 12.30am this afternoon arriving at Batu Caves at 2.30pm this afternoon.

Some 150,000 devotees followed the procession and thousands more lined the route holding trays of offerings and smashing coconuts along its path.

Devotees and visitors were advised to refrain from wearing too much jewellery and to secure their belongings.

An information and com­p­laints counter has been open­ed near the temple entrance.

Musical troupes help devotees on their journey to the temple. Here is a troupe in practice.

The Akini Periya Gandhi Amman Urumee Melam group practising for the big day at Batu Caves. — By S.S. KANESAN / The Star

Thaipusam isn’t just about hooks or music — it’s a journey of faith. This article provides a good insight into Thaipusam.

Happy Thaipusam!


  1. Good morning, Bananaz! You are such a linguist - and that is good, of course. :D

    Are you going to Batu Caves? I remember some years ago, a few visiting foreign colleagues of mine braved the heat and crowd to have a Thaipusam experience of a lifetime, cameras and videocams in tow.

  2. Wanakum, soli Bananaz got this phobia dunno what you call scared of crowd, even to pasar malam. Afraid people may squash or deep fry Bananaz? haha. Listening to the songs of Muruga songs now while typing.

  3. When younger would visit St Anne's Feast in Bukit Mertajam every year though not a Christian. Crowd what crowd? Got pretty good incentive, the more the merrier can 'kow lang lui' mah.