Thaipusam is a grand Hindu celebration of the victory of Lord Subramaniam (also known as Lord Murugan) over the demon Surapadman. In Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, Hindu devotees take a 15-km-long walk from Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in the city’s Chinatown to Batu Caves on the outskirts of the city on the eve of Thaipusam. Some come to fulfill their vows, others seek blessings or offer thanks to the lord and other deities, and they all do it in ways that astonish onlookers.
Malaysia welcomes almost 25 million tourists annually, and for good reason – this colourful, multi-cultural and multi-religious nation is a multi-faceted gem that lures as much with its quiet graces and natural attractions as its wild, crazy ones. Whatever your idea of a fantastic holiday may be, rest assured, it shall be delivered as the country celebrates Visit Malaysia Year 2014.
Words: Efi Eqbal
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