Thaipusam happens every year between January to February depending on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai.
On this day, thousands of Hindu Devotees honours Murugan, the youngest son of Shiva and Parvati.
It is believed that on this day, Parvati presented a spear to Murugan to vanquish an evil demon and combat its evil deeds.
In other words, Thaipusam is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil.
Devotees prepare for Thaipusam by fasting for about a month or even longer.
On the day of the festival, they shave their heads, bear pots of milk, smash coconuts, pierce their bodies with sharp objects and carry Kavadis.
Each Kavadi weighs anywhere between 35kg to 40kg and is a physical burden in which the devotees implore help from Murugan. Devotees would make a wish at the beginning of the festival; the bigger the wish, the heavier the physical burden.
In Malaysia, this religious festival takes place at different regions; one particular popular place would be at Batu Caves, on the hills of the Gombak Region 13 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur. Devotees head up a 272 stairs to the temple in the cave. The temple in the cave has ritualistic Hindu objects with a convex ceiling about 100 metres high.
It was refreshing break to had photographed Thaipusam 2015 in Malaysia as I had photographed it in Singapore over the past 5 years or so.
The dynamics of the festival between the two countries are very different and I enjoyed experiencing it from a different perspective.
That said, things had been a little quiet on my end as I try to take control of my life and move on from last year while my personal demons mock me at every turn.
I still find it hard to pick up my camera due to certain issues and memories but I know it will get better. It always does.
April approaches, marking a quarter of the year and I am ever so grateful to the people who supported me during this period of mess.
On to the next story.
Categories: Photo Essay, Leica, Malaysia
Love the colours of this series!
Keep on shooting.
Thanks, I will(: