What is Thaipusam?
Thaipusm is the festival celebrated by the Tamil community on the full moon
month. It is celebrated by the whole Tamil people community in the month of
January and February which is residing in Singapore and Malaysia. It has created
from two words Thai and Pusam. This festival is mainly dedicated to Hindu god
Murugan the son of Shiva and parvati. On this day lord parvati has ordered her
son to destroy the demon army. This day is celebrated as the victory of good
things against bad evils.
History of Thai pusam
This festival has marked the symbol of atonement along penance in Hindu
community in Malaysia. This festival begins in Kuala Lumpur and proceeds till
Batu caves. Before beginning of procession murti is cleaned and adorned. On the
day of festival Murti is placed on the bullock which is drawn to chariot and
even head towards Batu caves. This silver chariot tower is about 7 meters above
the ground and the totally journey taken for this goes to 9 hours.
How to celebrate Thaipusam
On this great day, the devotees of lord murugan offered them fruits and
vegetables of mainly orange and yellow color and even they used to wear the
clothes of the same color. Devotees may also carry milk, water along with fruits
on their shoulder and tribute all these things to Murugan temples. They build a
bamboo structure which is covered and decorated with the cloth along with the
feathers of peacock. This is called Kavadi. On this day thousands of coconuts
are thrown on the street and many devotees also carried wooden steel yokes along
metal hooks into their bodies. These devotes have more faith in god as they
don’t bear any pain and discomfort while using it.
Devotes have to climb up to 272 steps for batu caves. Before moving for this
journey they used to take bath near the Batu River which is also situated
nearby. In temples priest used to sprinkle ashes to the devotees and then they
remove the steel hooks from the body. After removing these steel hooks, it is
the miracle of the lord that no bloods and scars are seen for this.