THOSE looking forward to watch the Thaipusam chariot make its annual trip from Sri Maha Mariamman Temple Dhevasthanam on Jalan Tun HS Lee, Kuala Lumpur to Batu Caves can do it from the comfort of their own homes.
The journey will be telecast live on We Love Batu Caves Facebook page and Youtube channel, in conjunction with the Thaipusam festival on Jan 28, the day devotees pay tribute to Lord Murugan.
The Sri Maha Mariamman Temple Dhevasthanam that manages both temples has made the arrangement, following the approval from National Security Council for the silver chariot to make its customary journey amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
One of the conditions includes the chariot must only be accompanied by 10 people.
Sri Maha Mariamman Temple Dhevasthanam chairman Tan Sri R. Nadarajah said the chariot would be making a non-stop journey, departing from the temple at 3am on Jan 27.
It is expected to arrive at Batu Caves at about 6am on the same day.
There will be no procession, live music, special stalls or free food giveaways along the route.
Nadarajah said devotees could stay at home and watch it online.
“The flag-raising ceremony and prayers at Batu Caves will also be telecast live. We will also upload a documentary on previous Thaipusam celebrations for public viewing.
“We have earned the trust to go ahead with the customary chariot journey without a procession. I hope the people will not congregate at the temples and follow the standard operating procedures, ” he told a press conference in Batu Caves on Monday (Jan 25).
The chariot is expected to return to Sri Maha Mariamman Temple Dhevasthanam on Jan 29 in a similar manner.