In the weekend of 22-24 of January the Hindus celebrate worldwide the Thaipusam festival. Dressed in yellow and the women/girls with delicate jasmine flowers in their hair they start with the official preparations on Friday evening in the Hindu Temple Sri Mahamariamman in the main Prayer Hall which contains the shrine (garbagraham) to The God Sri Maha Mariammman.
'This Temple resembles the form of a human body lying on its back with the head positioned towards the west and the feet towards the east. The temple's 5-tiered gopuram corresponds to the feet of the body. It is the threshold between the material and spiritual world. At the rear is the garbagraham or sanctum sanctorum, which corresponds to the head. It is a freestanding structure with its own roof and walls and has one entrance that faces east. This is the inner sanctum where the chief deity Sri Maha Mariamman is located. The priest stands in front of the garbagraham when performing the puja (prayers). Within the temple is a main prayer hall with richly decorated ceilings. The location of three shrines in the main temple is marked by an ornately embellished onion dome which can be seen from outside. There are also four smaller shrines located peripherally around the main temple building'. (source quote: Wikepedia)
'A silver chariot is housed within the premises. This chariot is a prominent feature during the annual Thaipusam festival. It is used during this occasion for transporting the statuettes of Lord Muruga and his consorts (Valli and Teivayanni) through the city streets to Batu Caves. It made its debut in 1893 and was built using 350 kilograms of silver. The chariot was made in India and shipped here in 12 parts to be assembled. It is 6.5 metres tall and has 240 bells and a pair of horses on it. ' (source quote: Wikepedia)
Malaysia hosts around 28 million inhabitants (Malaysians) with all kind of background. The three most important groups are the people with Malay origins (60%), Chinese origins (30%) and Indian origin (7%), They all have their own religion & festivals. The country recognizes these differences in culture, food, clothing and religion. The whole country 'benefits' of the many national holidays related to the (religious) festivals of specific groups.
On instagram silkandpaper you can watch the video and hear the 'mantra's' linked to the photostill above by clicking on the IG button below of this page.