Thaipusam in Batu Caves
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My knowledge of Hinduism/ Hindu deities is somewhat non-existence, but, I do know that a long time ago, an asuras (a group of materialistic & power hungry deities) named Soorapadam received a blessing from Lord Shiva thus becomes immortal. Soorapadam, with the new acquired power began tormenting all the good souls in the universe.
Out of the flames from the third eye on his forehead, Lord Shiva created Lord Murugan. He was given the task of killing Soorapadam. He was given 10 weapons to complete his task. Nine of them were given by Lord Shiva and the other one, a magical spear called “Vel” was given by his mother, the Goddess Parvati.
When Soorapadam learn about the existence of Lord Murugan, knowing that he could possibly die in his hands, he ran away and transformed himself into a tree.
“Your trickery won’t work on me”, said Lord Murugan.
He threw a magical spear Vel at the tree and split it into half. One half of the tree was turn into a male chicken and the other half into a peacock.
Lord Murugan's victory over evil said to have happend in the month of Thai (according to the Tamil Calendar) when the star Poosam was at its full (Pourmani), thus Thaipusam (Thai Poosam) is celebrated on this day by Tamil speaking Hindus where ever they are including Malaysia.
This year, 2012, Thaipusam, as always, was celebrated in Batu Caves, where it attracts more than 1 million visitors. I took a train (KTM Komuter) from KL Sentral to the Batu Caves Station .. and the rest is best describe here in pictures & videos.
I was 6 years old when I first saw the festival in a small town of Batu Gajah (about 200 km north of Kuala Lumpur). The sites of men and woman in a trance with spears and hooks on their body, scares the s**t out of me at the time. I am sorry if the story of the origin of Thaipusam is somewhat wrong, it was the story told to me when I was 6.