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Thaipusam Hindu Festival, Johor Bahru

By on February 3, 2015 in General, Malaysia

This week was the Thaipusam Festival, and I went to observe the event at the Arulmigu Rajamariamman Devasthanam Temple in Johor Bahru on the Monday evening, and again on Tuesday morning.

The devotes walk from the Arulmigu Rajamariamman Devasthanam Temple to the Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple.

It was a truly interesting experience…

P1010113Festival participant

The predominant colour of clothing is yellow. Lots of the people present were carrying milk (and in some cases honey) as offerings which would later be poured over a statue of the God.

Another aspect of the festival is “mortification of the flesh” and this is performed by piercings of the skin, tongue and cheeks.


Interestingly none of these piercings bled, and the swelling didn’t seem to be as bad as I expected.


The white powder seen on and around the piercings is holy ash mixed with lime juice, and it is this that supposedly prevents the bleeding.





At the festival we were made to feel very welcome, and there seemed to be no issues with us taking photos. People chatted to us and asked where we were from, and were very willing to answer questions. We were also given free food and water.
Below is a slide show of some of the photos I took at the festival

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