PICTURES: Extreme Hindu festival Thaipusam

PICTURES: Extreme Hindu festival Thaipusam

More than a million Hindus in Malaysia celebrated the colourful Thaipusam festival today by gathering at a temple in an offering to the deity Murugan. Hundreds of thousands met on the Batu Caves – an important religious site for Tamil Hindus on Kuala Lumpur’s outskirts – with many walking up to 10 hours to the site, capped by a final 272-step climb to its limestone hilltop shrine.

Many showed their devotion by the piercing their bodies with long skewers and by bearing the elaborately decorated home-made frames called ‘kavadi’.

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