Thaipusam celebrates the victory of Lord Murugan

Thaipusam celebrates Lord Murugan's victory over the evil demon Surapadman. According to Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple secretary R. T. Sundaram, Thaipusam is celebrated by Hindus in the month of "Thai", which is the 10th month in the Tamil calendar.

 ADIB RAWI YAHYA / theSun ~ Hindu devotees carry milk pots during the Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on February 3, 2015. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam commemorates the day when Goddess Parvathi gave her son Lord Murugan an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons.Thaipusam is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. 

 ADIB RAWI YAHYA / theSun ~  A Hindu devotee cleanses himself in preparation to perform religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves.

 ADIB RAWI YAHYA / theSun ~ A Hindu devotee performs religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves.

 ADIB RAWI YAHYA / theSun ~ A Hindu devotee performs religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves.

 ADIB RAWI YAHYA / theSun ~ A Hindu devotee carries a milk pot during the Thaipusam festival.

 ADIB RAWI YAHYA / theSun ~ A Hindu devotee performs religious rites during the Thaipusam festival.

 ADIB RAWI YAHYA / theSun ~ Hindu devotees perform religious rites during the Thaipusam festival.

 ASYRAF RASID / theSun ~ A devotee performs ritual cleansing before taking part in religious rites at Batu Caves.Thaipusam, which is celebrated in honour of Hindu god Lord Murugan, is an annual procession by Hindu devotees to seek blessings, fulfill vows and offer thanks. 

 ASYRAF RASID / theSun ~ A devotee performs ritual cleansing at Batu Caves.

 ASYRAF RASID / theSun ~ A Hindu devotee at Batu Caves temple during the Thaipusam festival.

 ASYRAF RASID / theSun ~ A Hindu devotee performs a cleansing ritual during the Thaipusam festival.

 ASYRAF RASID / theSun ~Hindu devotees carry milk pots as they journey towards the  sacred Batu Caves temple during the Thaipusam festival.

 ASYRAF RASID / theSun ~ A Hindu devotee's tongue is pierced before making his way towards the Hill Top Murugan temple during the Thaipusam festival.

 ASYRAF RASID / theSun ~ Hindu devotees during the Thaipusam festival.

 MASRY CHE ANI / theSun ~ A devotee has his body pierced during the Thaipusam festival at Lorong Kulit in Penang.

 MASRY CHE ANI / theSun ~ Devotees fulfilling their vows by carrying kavadees and piercing their bodies during the Thaipusam festival at Lorong Kulit in Penang.

 ZULFADHLI ZAKI / theSun ~ A Hindu devotee getting pierced with a metal rod during the Thaipusam festival. 

 ZULFADHLI ZAKI / theSun ~ A Hindu devotee in a devotional trance during the Thaipusam festival. 

ZULFADHLI ZAKI / theSun ~ A Hindu devotee getting pierced with a metal rod during the Thaipusam festival.