A day for Hindus to fulfil vows

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  • Wednesday, 26 Jan 2005

KUALA LUMPUR: P. Jeganathan, who acts in the popular local drama series Gerak Khas, wants Lord Muruga to bless each step he takes in life. 

As a sign of his devotion, the actor balanced two big milk pots tied to a 50-year-old kanda stick and walked up the 272 steps to Lord Muruga’s altar at the top of Batu Caves yesterday. 

Jeganathan was among the one million devotees, foreign and local tourists who came to the Batu Caves temple for the Thaipusam celebrations yesterday. 

Devotees thronging the Batu Caves temple in Kuala Lumpur to fulfil their vows during Thaipusam. The scene was repeated all over the country with thousands of Hindus gathering at temples to pay homage to Lord Muruga. - STARpic by Ong Soon Hin

Hot weather and the long queues did not deter devotees, who waited patiently to offer their prayers and penance. Many came bare-footed to thank Lord Muruga for answering their prayers. 

Some had their heads shaven and covered with turmeric powder while others were dressed in yellow and carrying milk pots or paal kudam and kavadis. 

Children played happily while tourists stood in awe and busily snapped pictures of devotees bearing colourful kavadis with the images of Lord Muruga and Hanuman.  

The temple grounds had a fiesta-like atmosphere with visitors and devotees also taking the opportunity to visit the hundreds of stalls set up for the occasion.  

In Penang, some 500,000 people, including 3,000 kavadi bearers, thronged the Waterfall Road area to offer prayers and fulfil their vows. 

Others, including non-Hindus, were there to get a closer look of the kavadi procession. 

Festival organising committee chairman A. Chandrakandthan said more devotees had opted for the traditional kavadi – carrying two pots of milk on their shoulders. 

“The significance of this celebration is to bring milk for Lord Muruga. And we are happy to note that more devotees are going for the traditional kavadi,” he added. 

In Johor Baru, more than 500 devotees fulfilled their vows carrying paal kudam and kavadis in a procession at the Sri Muniswarar temple.  

The procession, which began at around 11am, saw the young and old walking a 2km route along Jalan Skudai and back to the temple, where thousands had come for the celebrations. 

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