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I have been to Penang several times as part of my job. On one occasion, I was there for Thaipusam. While walking around, I came across a small park where participants were preparing for the walk. I watched with a mixture of awe and respect. One young man approached me and proudly pointed out his brother. This family was so open and friendly, like most people I have met in Panang. Before I knew it, they were insisting that I get in photos with the family members and sharing their special event with me... a total stranger. What a great experience! Penang is a lovely island and I have great memories of each of my visits there. Keep up the good work on this site. Your photography is spectacular!
It's a very nice site of the thaipusam in Penang, it recalls me back to every sweet moments celebrating thaipusam in penang, as i wont miss it every year. no matter in any corners of the world, definately i'll be back to Penang for Thaipusam. This is what all the Penangites thought in their mind. Just wanna add in another thing for everybody's info. thaipusam in Penang is not only being celebrated by Hindus but also the Chinese devotees of Lord Muruga celebrate it grandly together with us. It'll be a feast for the eye to see the chinese devotees fast and carry kavadi and pierce themselves exactly as how indians do. In fact we're proud that Chinese do believe into the presence of our GOD. So any guys who wanna know more about Thaipusam celebration in Penang, or if you're here during the Thaipusam 2005, it would be my pleasure to share with you the Thaipusam celebrated at my state. Thank you.
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The entrant who below claims that kavadi worship is banned in India is making a mistake. It is not. I have carried a number of kavadis, and have done fieldwork in India, and kavadi worship involving "piercing" is widely found in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, including at major temples. Kavadi worship is a recognized form of worship for the deity Murugan, and is held at a number of festivals throughout the year, the most prominent in Malaysia being at Thaipusam in a number of centres. It is also found at many other centres of the Tamil diaspora.
Hai, This is a very nice site, the piercing done like this for Thaipusam....is prohibited in India, it only happens in rural villages in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, and the kaavadis is usually seen as a semi-circle, with flowers, peacock feathers, etc. The kaavadi is supposed to represent a hill in Tamil Nadu, I think it is the Sivagiri hill, an asuran who became a devotee, carried the first kaavadi in devotion to Murugan, ever since, kaavadi aatam, has been a practice in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, I think the name of the asuran who carried the first kaavadi was Idumban......or Kadumban, either one carried the first paal kudam and kaavadi, but I know it was both of those asurans, one of them carried paal kudam, and the other kaavadi..... There are a lot of dances in Kerala in devotion to deity Murugan, like Mayilaatam, kaavadi aatam, etcve u prepare for the thaipusam...................
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It's something which I find hard to put into words. On one occasion, I happened to come across a procession, and as I look out of the window of the bus I was in (you see, I forgot it was thaipusam day that day), a wave of emotion passed through my body, like a sudden breeze. Tears just welled up in my eyes. How does one explain that when I come from a Christian background? Could you please tell me on which day and month thaipusam fell on in the year 1955?
I got into this website by error and was amazed by your pictures. I would like to have more info on thaipusam. What is it really. and when will be the next one and what time does it start and end. how long is the event and what country practice this. I will be in Penang on Feb 8 and might change my date to experience this. Please respond to me as soon as possible because I have to make travel reservation within the next few days. Thank you so much.
I saw Thaipusam as a child living in Malaysia and found the experience amazing, I look forward to witnessing the event again when I travel through Asia next year.
Your pictures are great. And having tried in the past, I know they are not easy to shoot....the crowd, the atmosphere...
It is a very good festival for me
Well i just wanted to tell u thanx for creating such a useful website as it is helping me alot in my research.so hope u dun mind me using ur page for my research.thanx 'n' all ze best for more.
This is a very nice site, the piercing done like this for Thaipusam....is prohibited in India, it only happens in rural villages in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, and the kaavadis is usually seen as a semi-circle, with flowers, peacock feathers, etc. The kaavadi is supposed to represent a hill in Tamil Nadu, I think it is the Sivagiri hill, an asuran who became a devotee, carried the first kaavadi in devotion to Murugan, ever since, kaavadi aatam, has been a practice in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, I think the name of the asuran who carried the first kaavadi was Idumban......or Kadumban, either one carried the first paal kudam and kaavadi, but I know it was both of those asurans, one of them carried paal kudam, and the other kaavadi..... There are a lot of dances in Kerala in devotion to deity Murugan, like Mayilaatam, kaavadi aatam, etc.........
Hey,great photos! Can I use them for my project entitled THAIPUSAM? GOOD LUCK & BEST WISHES.
Hi, its Lily again. Remember the permission I asked for the pictures of Thaipusam which I got earlier? Well, I got a high score for the effort or rather the pictures i got from you. Just a say of 100x thank you. Best wishes.
Thank you so much for providing such a good photos on the net.sir please kindly send me more photos.or any other good sides,please write to me.I am a medical student who miss this oportunity for years.BYE,SEE YOU SOON
Recently, my friends went to Batu Caves and that place was extremely crowded during Thaipusam. They told me interesting events which took place on that day like the chariot parade and breaking coconuts. I saw your Thaipusam photos last year and the moment I went through the latest photos, I think they are much better. Because I have never went for a Thaipusam before, your photos have given me a bigger vision of what goes on. I say you keep it up!
Wonderful pics Kayes, better and more than last year. Thaipusam is the greatest festival I have ever experienced. Make a vow, fulfill ur vow, and Lord Muruga will take care of the rest. Please, can we have photos of the chariot too.
I applause the speed with which Kayes posted the pics online for all of us to see the recent Thaipusam in Penang. With regards to Shawn's comment and his experience in Phuket, I think what took/takes place in Phuket is actually Taoist/Chinese, although practised by Thais. The event is related to a Chinese deity's celebration. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Thanx for the pictures that u have sent me i didn't expect to see malaysia's thaipusam photographs so fast at the same time could u also send me singapore thaipusam 2000 pictures thanx anu
Well, I guess it was really astounding!!!!!!!!!!! purely breathtaking ........ extraordinary!!!!
Damn good pics kayes! You are a great photographer!
Thanks so much for the pics. I really appreciate it. A student in Bombay will be very happy too. He's misses home so much and wants to see pics of Thaipusam and this will make him really happy. Maggie
If you want some pic about malaysian lady i feel good for this pic i don't have stomac i don't like them 10x kayes ps. please get me some email adress about travel agenci in penang 10x
Hi Kayes, I didn't know that piercing was called kavada! I have a lot of pics of that in Phuket. One guy has a full bike frame through his face cheeks. I was invited to the phuket town temple & saw the devotees going through the whole thing from being 'drugged' :) right up to the things being pushed through their skin by the monks. The people were marvellous & kept making sure I could see & take pics,even after I told them they were crazy to do that & all the non-pierced onlookers agreed with me! :):) We have good thai friends in Phuket & one year their daughter was persuaded to have smaller piercing through her face cheeks & she has absolutely no scars from it. shawn
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They are great pictures. I seen those in Penang too, but this better and fantastic, too. Best wish
What is Thaipusam?
Murugankutty Nair<Cashm29696@cs.com >
Hello, my name is Murugankutty, I like the photos of the Thaipusam celebration....even though they are not the REAL kaavadi bearers in Malaysia! I'm from Kerala, India....and Thaipusam is also celebrated over there, but its called Thaipooyam, the celebration of the Tamil deity Murugan, the kaavadi bearers are dressed in orange, smeared with ash or sandalwood paste, and carry different types of kaavadis with various sizes....like the pookaavadi, and ambalakaavadi... The Tamils have established the worship of diety Murugan in Kerala, and now it is revered as Ayyappan is revered in Kerala, Malayalees tend to make their pilgrimages to Palani in Tamil Nadu all the time, as you may know, Palani is the third "Aaru padai veedu" in Tamil Nadu.....and is the pilgrimage, the center of ongoing kaavadi aatam......
Well, I would assuem that if a 5 year old child get to see the Kavadi bearers live, I do not think those pictures are not G-rated. BTW, kavadi carriers represents the courage and the appreciation to Hinduism, it is a great religious spiritual rituals, in a more realted terms in Christian terminology, it's celebrate to the glory of God (in this case, I am talking about the Hindu Gods, and not the Father, son or holly spirit, Amen :) please put that on, as some of my Indian friends from India never heard about kavadi before....
Hi - great photos!!! May I use any for my research (Oxford undergrad thesis on Thaipusam, Batu Caves, and Malaysian Indians)? What fuels YOUR interest in Thaipusam? Best wishes, v
I'm very interested in kavadi bearers. Please put some pics on your Homepage o r make a email-list and send the pics on demand.
Anyone with pics relating Thaipusam please email me. Awww...I was REALLY hoping to see pics of the kavadi bearers!