Penang Thaipusam for year 2006

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Penang Thaipusam for year 2006

Penang Thaipusam

Penang Thanneermalai Thaipusam 2006

Thaipusam  is a festival occurring in the Tamil month Thai (January-February), the day of the star Pusam around Pournami (Full Moon) is celebrated as Thai Pusam. It is a special day for worship of Lord Muruga (also known as Subrahmanya or Thendayuthapani) and is celebrated in a very grand manner at all Murugan temples, especially at the “Aaru Padai Veedu” of Murugan (These are six temples in India especially dedicated to Lord Muruga). This festival honours Muruga or Subramanya, the son of Shiva. There are several legends about this festival.
Thaipusam is a colourful celebration of the birthday of Lord Subramaniam, one of the paramount Hindu deities and son of Siva. Celebrated by Hindu Indians of all classes, it is said that the celebration here in Penang today is more intense than the one in native South India.
Thaipusam is a day of consecration to the Hindu deity, Lord Murugan, sometimes also called Lord Subramaniam. The Hindus believe that by celebrating Thaipusam, they are cleansed of all sins and that their misdeeds can be redeemed in many ways during the festival. Thus before the actual day, Hindus must prepare themselves by observing a strictly regimented schedule of fasting, dieting and maintaining self-discipline — to purify themselves so that they may go into a trance-like state and transcend pain when carrying out the rituals on the day itself.
A feature of the festival is the carrying of a kavadi, a semi-circular structure that is decorated with colored papers, tinsels, fresh flowers, and fruits as a form of penance. During that day, roads are transformed into a fairyland of lights. Devotees and penitents carry Kavadis. Some have entered a trance, and pierced their cheeks, tongues, or foreheads. Apart Met deze gratis 10 euro speelgeld kun je het casino verkennen en spelen op de casino spellen die jij wilt. from carrying kavadis, other forms of devotion are practiced, such as honey or milk offerings. Every year, thousands of devotees and tourists show up for the procession of the kavadi.
These kavadi bearers are first put into a trance before sharp skewers are thrust into their tongues through the cheeks. Then hooks and spears are pierced on parts their bodies. Sometimes strings are attached to the kavadi from the hooks. Offerings of fruit, milk and jaggery (syrup) are placed on each kavadi and the kavadi goes on the shoulder or head of the kavadi bearer.
Then kavadi bearers dance around in a frenzied trance like state. During this procession, the devotees chant vel -vel or Arohara. Aro is the shortened version of the word arogam which means blissful, and Hara is another name for Lord Siva (father to Lord Subramaniam). So Arohara means blissful Siva. Some tourists who are unprepared may be shocked to see the hooks and spears that are pierced on theses bearers. Devotees say it is not the size of the kavadi that matters. Rather, it is the act itself and being able to carry the kavadi and offer it to Lord Subramaniam is what counts.
The fesitivities begin on the very eve of the auspicious day. The Silver Chariot carries the image of Lord Muruga from the Chettiar Temple in Penang Street to the Nattukkottai Chettiar Temple at Waterfall Road. This procession starts at dawn and ends at sundown. During the process the crowds smash coconuts and make offerings of incense, fruits, flowers, and money as the chariot stops at every Hindu shrine along the way, followed by a stream of kavadi bearers.
Throughout the morning many kavadi-bearers start out at the Sivan temple at Dato Keramat Road. This is a good place to watch participants undergoing an ablution of saffron water, being put into the trance, and body piercing. The devotees, their supporters, and general festival attendants proceed down Jalan Utama to the Waterfall Temple, where offerings are made to Lord Subramaniam and the body spears are removed. In the morning, the chettiars perform their kavadi dances outside the Waterfall Temple. In a night procession starting from sundown and ending at sunrise the next day, the Silver Chariot returns from Waterfall Road to Penang Street.
Thaipusam Festival in Penang, Malaysia


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