Sunday, February 8, 2009

Thaipusam is celebrated today

Today the Hindus are celebrating Thaipusam, in honour of their deity, Lord Muruga. In Malaysia, two places where most devotees will flock to celebrate the occasion will be Batu Caves and Penang. As I live in Penang, I will tell readers about what usually happens here.

On this day, early in the morning, the silver chariot bearing Lord Muruga will depart from Kovil Veedu (temple house) in Penang Street. It will proceed slowly to Nattukokai Chettiar Temple in Waterfall Road. All along the journey there, devotees will be offering flowers, incense sticks and milk to the volunteers to be made the offering for their deity. Coconuts will also be smashed by those who want to pay homage to Lord Muruga and to thank Him for prayers answered.

Devotees who want to repay the deity’s blessing or help will carry kavadis (ornate frames) along the way too. Some will even pierce their mouths and other body parts with skewers. Before doing all these, the devotees will observe vegetarian diet for a week or more to cleanse themselves.

Happy Thaipusam to all Hindus and devotees.

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