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Thaipusam Celebration in Penang PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 10:51

Date: 9 February

Venue: from Little India to Waterfall Temple via Dato Keramat Road,

Main venue: Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Waterfall Temple

Thaipusam is celebrated during the full moon of the 10th month in the Hindu calendar and signifies the victory of good over evil. During this celebration, a pilgrimage procession takes place to bring the statue of Lord Muruga on a chariot led by more than 60 kavadis from Little India to the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani hilltop temple at Waterfall Road.

The Golden Chariot or the Official Chariot of Penang Thaipusam will start at Queen Street Maha Mariamman temple at 5.00 am on February 8 and travel nine-kilometer journey through Buckingham Street, Campbell Street, Penang Road, Transfer Road, Burmah Road, Anson Road, Macalister Road and Ayer Rajah Road before it reaches the Sri Arulmigu Balathandathabani Murugan temple (Hilltop temple) located at Waterfall around midnight.

During the pilgrimage procession, coconuts are also smashed on the roads before the chariot to symbolise the shattering of one’s ego, to achieve self-realization. Aside from that, devotees also make offerings of fruits, flowers and incense to the deity.

On Thaipusam day which is 9 February, devotees go through a physical endurance of being skewered and pierced on the back and front of their bodies as act of penance. Devotees will also undertake a pilgrimage to the Waterfall hilltop temple while carrying kavadis as an act of penance and fulfilment of a vow or to develop spirituality. Carrying kavadis can be in the form of carrying Paal Kudam (milk pots) as offerings to god or in the form of physical endurance by piercing the cheeks, tongue, or skin on the body with hooks and Vel skewers.

The following day will see the return-trip of the chariot from 6.00pm onwards and will pass through Western Road (Jalan Utama), Dato Keramat Road, Magazine Road and Victoria Street. On this day, the same activities that were carried out on the eve of Thaipusam are carried out again along the route of the procession. During this three-day celebration, one can find beautifully decorated make-shift stalls erected along Western Road and Gottlieb Road, selling traditional Indian goods, souvenirs, decorative items and snacks.

For further enquiries, please contact the Penang Hindu Endowment Board at 04-650 5215.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 January 2017 10:54

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