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.
I went for a quick Henna :)
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 :)