Thaipusam Festival in Malaysia
Visiting Kuala Lumpur for the fifth time I was lucky to having set my travel date on the days of the Thaipusam Festival in Malaysia. That is the deeply religious flesh-piercing Ceremonie of Hindu Devotees. I read online that a million Hindus come toghether nationwide to celebrate Thaipusam. Glad I did my research. Therefore, I was prepared for the big crowds.
Malaysia has a multicultural society. Among all confessions, Hinduism is a minority religion in Malaysia.Thaipusam is actually derived from thai which means “10th”, and pusam meaning “when the moon is at its brightest”. Offerings of milk to Lord Muruga.
Arriving at Batu Caves
I bought a return Ticket at Kuala Lumpur Train Station (beside Pasar Seni) to attend the festival at Batu Caves. The train has been filled with people. As a matter of fact, every inch in the trains was occupied. So be prepared for it when, should you visit this festival in Malaysia.
Having arrived around noon at Batu Caves station, I encountered a beautiful day full of sunshine. Consequently, it was the hottest time of the day. Me personally I love it. Downside was, that the ceremonies started late afternoon, when the sun was finally hiding behind stormy rain clouds. Therefore, I had to wait until I could witness the rituals of hinduism.
The grand place around Batu Caves was filled with stores. Consequently, vendors everywhere selling everything from souvenirs, Indian sweets up to a huge variety of food. The ferris wheel gave the place a touch of a funfair. Family gatherings, many men and baby heads shaved bold, women in colorful indian dresses with their favourite festives jewelry on.
A Hinduism devotee is kneeing his way up the stairs. He climbed 272 Stairs as a rite on Thaipusam Festival in Malaysia.
My Impressions of Thaipusam Festival in Malaysia, at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
Since pictures have the power to tell more than words … here some of the impressions I have captured during the Thaipusam Festival at Batu Caves.
… some bonus pictures … 🙂
It was amazing to witness some of the Hindu rites. For instance, Flesh-Piercings, daemonic dances, the pilgrim march and the festival entirely a unique experience. Not to mention the numerous organizations which gave drinks and food for free. To attend this festival you need quite a lot of patience in terms of transportation, the crowd, strolling in a very low pace, but I am glad to having made this one. Every experience is another step in self-development and to get to know different places, people and cultures. Next adventure is ahead.
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How to get to Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur:
Even without any festival this place is worth visiting. Take a snack while having a gorgeous view on one of Kuala Lumpur’s main attractions and visit the different temples and caves. A great experience guaranteed.
I tend to stay in chinatown and therefore like to take the train from Kuala Lumpur Station. Find Pasar Seni on the map. Once arrived there, take the elevator or the stairs up, cross the water channel via bridge. Voila, you’re heading straight to the counter. Buy your ticket (one-way MYR4,50) and the train will take you directly to Batu Caves. Enjoy it.
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