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The Walk of the Kavadi Bearers

  • 23 Jan 2019
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A Spear Pierced into His Cheek

Vel, as a symbol of divinity and Thaipusam, is the day when Lord Murugan received the divine Vel from his mother.

A devotee with his cheeks pierced with a spear begins his pilgrimage to the shrine of Lord Murugan. Vibhuti or 'holy ash' was applied before and after the removal of the spear, at the sites of piercing.

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There is no pain or bleeding during the piercing and after removal of the spear. It is said that devotees enter a trance-like state that elevates them from physical discomfort

All glories to Lord Murugan. #VelVelMuruga

The long walk doesn’t deter the spirit of the Paal Kudam bearers. As their minds filled with Lord Murugan and their lips utter the name of the Lord, these devotees march forward to Batu Caves. #VelVelMuruga

Idumban Kavadis

This Idumban kavadi made its way up to the top of Batu Caves. This kavadi is linked to the story of the Idumban who carried two hills down South on the request of his teacher Saint Agasthiar. 

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Milk Offering for Lord Muruga 

The Paal Kudam (Milk Offering) is another popular form of offering during Thaipusam. The Paal Kudam means carrying paal (milk) in a kudam (vessel in the form of a pot) which is usually kept and carried on the head, to be offered to Lord Murugan. This milk will then be used by the priest to perform Paal Abhishegam.

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People from all walks of life find joy in carrying the milk offering to Lord Murugan, they do it with a smile and the 272-steps leading to the hilltop does not stop them. #VelVelMuruga

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The magnificent peacock Kavadi captures the imagination visitor and devotees alike. The bearer not only walks, but he also dances to the beats of the drum, as he marches toward his beloved Lord Murugan.  

To find more visual stories and articles on Thaipusam, visit www.astroulagam.com.my/Thaipusam2019 #VelVelMuruga

Photo Credit: Deejay Gobu, Ilakkiya Mithra


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