Chariot procession to start earlier

THE 6.9m Lord Muruga chariot will begin its procession early this Thaipusam. 

It will leave Sri Maha Mariamman Temple Dhevasthanam tomorrow at 12.20am, four hours earlier than it did in previous years, and arrive at Batu Caves around 8am. 

Organisers have rescheduled the chariot’s start time to reduce congestion when some 100,000 people join in the procession. It is also to avoid the midday heat.  

The procession is the official start of the Thaipusam festival, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he vanquished evil demons. 

The five-ton silver chariot bears the image of Lord Shiva’s youngest son Lord Muruga and it will be pulled by three bulls as devotees smash coconuts on the ground beside it. 

The chariot will return from Batu Caves at 4pm on Sunday, travelling non-stop and arrive at Sri Maha Mariamman Temple Dhevasthanam at midnight.  

No parking will be available at the site, and organisers are urging people to use the special train services to reach the caves. 

For details on the commuter services, call 03-2267 1200.  

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