Hitting the holy trail early


Act of devotion: A stream of devotees making their way into the hilltop temple with milk pots on their heads to fulfil their religious vows. (Below) A close-up of a decorated milk pot.

ABOUT 200 devotees thronged the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Hilltop Temple in Waterfall Road to fulfil their Thaipusam vows early.

The devotees, some carrying ‘paalkudam’ (milk pots), gathered at the Edumban Temple at the foothill at 8.30am before making the journey up.

Malaysia Hindudharma Mamandram chairman V. Nandakumar said the event was organised to help the devotees who wanted to perform their vows early to avoid the Thaipusam congestion on Feb 3.

“We’ve been organising this event for the last 13 years.

“The ‘Thai’ month is an auspicious month in the Tamil calendar and devotees could fulfil their vows a week or two before the festival,” said Nandakumar when met at the Edumban Temple on Sunday.

Devotees also performed the Edumban Kavadi where two paalkudam (milk pots) were tied to a long pole with a yellow cloth and carried up to the temple.

Devotees at the Arulmigu Balathanduyathapani Hilltop Temple at Waterfall Road fulfiliing their vows in conjunction with the coming Thaipusam festival on 25/01/15.
Devotees at the Arulmigu Balathanduyathapani Hilltop Temple at Waterfall Road fulfiliing their vows in conjunction with the coming Thaipusam festival on 25/01/15.

“This is the original way done by devotees many years ago,” said Nandakumar.

Over the years, the ritual has undergone various changes and very few devotees would carry the Edumban Kavadi for Thaipusam nowadays, added Nandakumar.

At the Hilltop Temple later, devotees witnessed the ‘abishegam’ and joined in the two-hour special ‘pooja’ (prayers) before proceeding to a vegetarian lunch at the temple.

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