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Thaipusam 2012 at Batu Caves, Malaysia...♥

The spirit of 1 Malaysia is truly felt with the Muslims celebrating Maulidur Rasul (Prophet Muhammad's Birthday), the Chinese celebrating Chap Goh Mei (15th day of Chinese New Year), and the Hindus ( mostly Tamils) celebrating Thaipusam, in a row.

This year Thaipusam falls today,7th February. Living in a state of Selangor, the nearest Thaipusam event for us, would always be Batu Caves, the ever famous tourist spot in Malaysia. The world's tallest Lord Muruga statue and 272 steep steps have been the main attraction all time.

Thaipusam is the time you can see millions of devotees paying vows to Lord Muruga by carrying kavadis and paal kudams (milk pots). It's so fascinating and heart touching to see these will powered devotees climbing up the stairs, carrying big and heavy kavadis on their shoulders to fulfill their vows. The Urumi Melams (traditional musics) can make anyone move their feet. Overall...its a WOW!!!!

This year, it's expected about 1.5million visitors cum devotees will throng Batu Caves on Thaipusam. Since there'll be some fulfilling their vows few days earlier due to long weekend holidays, we too joined them on Sunday (5th Feb) to avoid the massive crowd today.

The road was clear up to Batu Caves, but we still had to park 500m away and walk to the main entrance. Bright sunny day was a real good sign. Hubby and myself wandered around with a Canon EOS 60D hanging around his neck. He went up the 272 steps leaving me all alone on the ground. He later told me that he was really tired and surprised to see the devotees carrying so much weight on their shoulders and yet have energy to keep on going.

It was a good opportunity for him to test his newest gadget, snapping those beautiful kavadis, devotees and others. An enjoyable day for both of us despite the tiredness.

Let's see some shots from Hubby's latest 60D...Happy Thaipusam!!!

All pics taken on 5th February...there are hundreds of them, but I've only posted a few here.




 



Beautiful Kavadis...


Jai Hanuman!


I went for a quick Henna :)


Flower stalls...

The will power of the devotees...



The sweets stalls...yumm!!!

HAPPY THAIPUSAM 2012 _^_
 


And a few shots from my Lumix :)

 Thanks for viewing. Click HERE if you would like to view my 2011 Thaipusam post :)

14 comments :

  1. beautiful pictures

    Aarthi
    http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

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  2. Thank u very much for the view. I've missed Thaipusam for the past 2 yrs.

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  3. wow...thanks dear for sharing this divine cliks..
    lovely..:)
    Tasty Appetite

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  4. lovely pictures..We went there a week before..still cannot park car near the entrance...we too walked 500 m...loved the clicks!thanks for this post dear!

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  5. wonderful and divine clicks.. thanks for sharing

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  6. Hai Love...penuh warna warni...selamat menyambut Thaipusam buat Love & family

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  7. Hi Love, thanks for sharing all your beautiful well taken photos.
    Happy Thaipusam to you and family.

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  8. happy thaipusam love! the food looks yummy!

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  9. Wow lovely pictures. Awesome celebration. Need to show my kids as they are not aware of this festival. Thanks.

    By the way is the finger okay now?

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  10. dekat aje dengan rumah tapi tak sanggup menempuh traffic jams utk ke sana...

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  11. Oh my, these photos are stunning. Gosh, have to share these with my readers. Will link to this post soon.
    Thanks so much for sharing it.
    Regards
    Kristy

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  12. Awesome shots! u managed to capture those moments beautifully..

    Thanks for sharing n also for dropping by my blog! ♥ :)

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