Thaipusam Festival 2016


The spectacular Thaipusam Festival draws more than one million devotees and visitors to the Batu Caves near Kuala Lumpur. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community. Especially images of devotees piercing their cheeks, tongue, face or other suitable body parts with sharp objects make this event memorable. Thaipusam is a celebration of the birthday to the Hindu deity Subramaniam. The highlight of this celebration is the kavadi procession. More than one million people are expected to throng Batu Caves (just north of Kuala Lumpur) for this celebration. There is also a big parade in Georgetown, Penang

AMIRUL SYAFIQ / theSun ~ A Hindu devotee prays in the shower before beginning his pilgrimage to Batu Caves during Thaipusam on January 24, 2016.

ADIB RAWI YAHYA / theSun ~ Hindu devotee dances before walking towards to the temple to make offerings during the Thaipusam Festival at Batu Caves on January 24, 2016.

ZULFADHLI ZAKI / theSun ~ A monkey seen drops bottle of milk at Batu Caves in conjunction of upcoming Thaipusam Fesival on January 17, 2016.

ZULFADHLI ZAKI / theSun ~ Devotees seen carriers milk pot at Batu Caves in conjunction of upcoming Thaipusam Festival on January 17, 2016.

ZULFADHLI ZAKI / theSun ~ Devotees seen carriers milk pot at Batu Caves in conjunction of upcoming Thaipusam Festival on January 17, 2016.

AMIRUL SYAFIQ / theSun ~ A Hindu devotee is seen on her pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam on January 17, 2016.


ASYRAF RASID / theSun ~ Hindus devotees is seen in trance before his pilgrimage to sacred Batu Cave during Thaipusam on January 17, 2016.

SHAHRILL BASRI / theSun ~ Hindu devotees carry pots of milk over their heads as part of a procession for the Thaipusam Hindu festival at Batu Caves on January 24, 2016.

ASYRAF RASID / theSun ~ A Hindus devotees reacts as his cheeks and tongue are pierced  before his pilgrimage to sacred Batu Cave temple during Thaipusam on January 24, 2016.

MASRY CHE ANI / theSun ~  A boy has his hair shaved as a form of sacrifice during the Thaipusam festival in Pulau Pinang on January 24, 2016.

AMIRUL SYAFIQ / theSun ~ Hindu devotees go into a trance before starting their pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam on January 24, 2016.

ASYRAF RASID / theSun ~ Hindu devotees have their backs pierced and hooked with limes, before a pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam on January 24, 2016.

SHAHRILL BASRI / theSun ~  Hindu devotees go into a trance before starting their pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam on January 24, 2016.

ADIB RAWI YAHYA / theSun ~ Hindu devotee dances before walking towards to the temple to make offerings during the Thaipusam Festival at Batu Caves on January 24, 2016.