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2012 Thaipusam Celebration at Batu Caves

Thaipusam (Tamil: தைப்பூசம், Taippūcam ?) is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February). It is celebrated not only in countries where the Tamil community constitutes a majority, but also in countries where Tamil communities are smaller, such as Mauritius[1], Singapore[2] and Malaysia.[3] The word Thaipusam is derived from the month name Thai and Pusam, which refers to a star that is at its highest point during the festival

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Last time I had the chance to capture images from the celebration was in 2007. This year I was back at Batu Caves in the early hours of 7th February morning.

Batu Caves, Malaysia

Batu Caves, Malaysia

Hindu devotees celebrating Thaipusam

Hindu devotee celebrates Thaipusam

Hindu devotee celebrating Thaipusam

Hindu devotee in trance

Kavadi piercing

Hindu devotee having a ceremonial shower

Thaipusam Celebration at Batu Caves, Malaysia

Hindu devotee having a ceremonial shower

Hindu Devotee praying

Hindu devotee carrying her kavadi

Hindu devotee and their pierced back carrying their kavadi

Hindu devotee and their kavadi

hindu devotee carrying their kavadee

Hindu priest blessing a female hindu devotee

a hindu devotee

A hindu devotee in trance.

Ceremonial shower for a Hindu Devotee

Hindu devotee prayer under a shower

The milk in the kavadi

Hindu Devotee praying

Batu Caves, Malaysia

Hindu devotee carrying his kavadi

Hindu Devotee in trance

Hindu Devotee in trance

Hindu Devotees

Junior Hindu devotee

Hindu Devotee

A kid getting his head shaved

Hindu devotee dunking their head in the river

Hindu devotee carrying a kavadi

Pierced Skin

Skin pierced kavadi

child hindu devotee

Kavadi

Hindu Devotee

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