Thaipusam – Day 1
Thaipusam is an annual Hindu festival celebrated on a large scale with colourful parades, cleansing rituals and prayers that take place over three days. It commemorates the day when the Hindu deity, Lord Muruga received the Vel (spear) from the Goddess Parvati which he used to overcome demonic forces.
Thaipusam last three days. The first day was on Saturday and starts when a silver chariot with the statue of Lord Muruga is led on a procession. The procession starts at 6.00am departing from Kovil Veedu (House Temple) on Penang Street and reaches Nattukottai Chettiar Temple on Waterfall Road at about midnight.
Coconuts line the roads and are smashed on the roads before the chariot to symbolize the shattering of one’s ego and to achieve self-realization.
Devotees make offerings of fruits, flowers and incense to the deity.
Following behind the Chariot was another cart from which you could receive a blessing.
Lots of load music, singing, and dancing complete the spectacle.