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THAIPUSAM IN SABAH :
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|The 3 main
events in a
in Tawau Town, Sabah
|POOJA||KAVADI PROCESSION||CHARIOT PROCESSION|
Pūjā ( Pooja, पूजा)
In a Kavadi procession, there are 3 category of Kavadi carried by devotees:
1) Heavy weight Kavadi
Chariot (Temple Car) is used to carry representations of a Hindu god on festival days, when many people pull the cart.
|Chariot procession for the Hindu deity, Lord Murugan.
This Thaipusam chariot procession bearing the statue of Lord Muruga started its short 1.5hour journey from and back to Tawau Murugan Temple.
The one half hours procession started at 8:00PM but the ceremony started at 7:00PM. The Chariot returned to the temple at 9:30PM
During the morning was Kavadis carrying by devotees as an act of penance or fulfilment of vows.
Among these Kavadis devotees undertake the pilgrimage to the temple were some who pierced their cheeks, tongues or skin on their bodies with hooks and Vel skewer.
The celebration of THAIPUSAM in Tawau Town is in a humble small scales. But Penang is one of
the two places in Malaysia to celebrate Thaipusam on a grand scale are Penang and Batu Caves temple.
THAIPUSAM is a colourful cultural
and religious festival. Cultural is
because the festival showcase the
tradition of the Tamil from India.
Religion is because the festival is
about one of the world oldest
In Sabah, East Malaysia, the largest Thaipusam Celebration is in Tawau Town where the large gathering of Hindu believers from many towns of Sabah get together each year to offer their devotion in the THIRUMURUGAN TEMPLE managed by Tawau Indian Hindu Temple Association at Mile 2, Jalan Utara, Tawau.
Thaipusam is a Hindu religious festival that commemorates the birthday of Lord Muruga, and also the celebration of his parents presenting to him the vel (lance) in order for him to vanquish the evil. The festival is celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai, which falls on 23 January 2008.
The largest celebration of Thaipusam happens in Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, as procession after procession await their chance to walk up the 272 steps to the temple. This procession starts on the eve of Thaipusam from the Sri Mariamman Temple in the city centre, 15km away.
During this event, devotees carry the kavadi or milk pot, run on fire, and pierce their body as it portrays their way of showing gratitude to Lord Muruga. Devotees also prepare themselves a month before the celebration by fasting and abstaining themselves from worldly pleasures.
|Photo above : Thaipusam
THIRUMURUGAN TEMPLE accompanied by groups playing drums and
singing religious hymns. A time to celebrates good winning over
Thaipusam Festival of Hinduism in India was brought to the Malay Peninsula through the South Indian Diaspora during the 19th century. The festival has since evolved to so big in Malaysia that it has now far outsized celebrations, mostly unheard of, even in India.
Thaipusam, this original culture of India, is also celebrated in Singapore, Thailand, Mauritius and other countries where Tamil workers migrated.
|Thaipusam commemorates the birthday of Lord Murugan (also called Subramaniam) the youngest son of Shiva and Parvati, as well as, his victory over the evil demon Soorapadman when he used the lance given to him by Parvati to vanquish the demon's powers.|
During Thaipusam, devotees go through a physical endurance of being skewered and pierced on the back and front of their bodies by hooks with miniature urns as an act of penance.
Ability to do this - it is faith
Devotees give thanks to Lord Murugan for his banishment of evil, and for any good that has come their way over difficult times.
Some devotees carry a kavadi to the Hindu temple. A kavadi is typically a large metal frame decorated with colored paper, flowers or fruit.
There's more than one way to show
devotion. Some devotees not
only carry a kavadi but at the same
time with piercing their bodies
and/or faces with steel rods. Others
will hang oranges off their
backs with steel fish hook like
contraptions. Others will pull a
kavadi that has been attached to
their bodies with hooks.
Devotees fast for a month to purify themselves and to get ready for this. When the day arrive they psych themselves into a trance-like state in preparation for the piercing. Men are mostly the ones who go for major piercings.
Annual Hindu festival THAIPUSAM draws large gathering in multi-racial Malaysia. In Tawau, the festival is celebrated on a mammoth scale at THIRUMURUGAN TEMPLE locate beside the army camp.
The festivities in Tawau, so as
in other parts of Malaysia, have
evolved to such an extent to
assimilate distinctly local
characteristics. The celebrations
have drawn a cosmopolitan following
of many non-Indians.
The march of devotees bearing
ceremonial milk-pots, coconuts and
simple shoulder-kavadis in the balmy
hours is an
interesting sight to remember.
During the night, more than 5,000 devotees, their friends and villagers at Hill Top Road watch the annual procession of this Hindu festival. The stretch of road leading to the temple was closed temporary to traffic as it teemed with throngs of people fringed on both sides .
|They carry milk-pots of brass and silver, and harnessed in colourful kavadis and inched their way to the Lord's Temple overhead with sweet hypnotic resolve. The children, the elders and even the disabled ones, scaled slowly with their ceremonial burdens, process with a mission to the call of the good Lord Murugan.|
The Temple is visited by hundreds of
devotees who end their journey on
year after hours of procession the
pilgrims arrived at the temple with
a final inspired spurt of
fulfilment and calmness, to release
loads in the holy place as a
realization of their vows.
Although this holiday originated in India, it's not widely celebrated there. One of the reasons it's celebrated in Malaysia is partly because of the large Tamil Indian population there and the fact that Malaysian believes in fostering religious freedom. Malaysia has a large Indian population.
Thirumurugan temple of Tawau
Thaipusam is an annual Hindu festival which draws large gathering in Malaysia.
Pilgrims converge the temple for their offerings, prayers and to fulfil their vows. In this little town of Tawau, the Thirumurugan temple is the place on the important occasion. The oldest in Sabah, yet very little known, this temple located at an army camp at Jalan Utara 2 miles from Tawau Town.
A time to give thanks to Lord Murugan for his banishment of evil, and for any good that has come their way over difficult times. It is a time when the temple alive with the scent of flowers, coconut milk and incense.
.......In Tawau, the Thirumurugan Temple is the place for
this important occasion. The oldest in Sabah, yet very little known. This
temple located near an army camp at Jalan Utara, 2 miles from Tawau town. It
was said that the design of Thirumurugan Temple follows that of South Indian
Thaipusam is a Hindu religious festival that commemorates the birthday of Lord Muruga, and also the celebration of his parents presenting to him the vel (lance) in order for him to vanquish the evil. The festival is celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai........
Sabah Events Calendar 2014 Month by Month
|25th - 27th April 2014 Semporna||Regatta Lepa 2014 will be held in Semporna, Sabah from 25th - 27th April 2014. The lepa is the traditional sailing boat of the Bajau people and a number of cultural events are held at this time.|
|2nd - 4th May 2014 in Kota Kinabalu||Sabah Fest is a cultural event showcasing the Murut people and their unique heritage. This two day extravaganza will be held on 2nd - 4th May 2014 in Kota Kinabalu.|
|13th - 14th June 2014 in Kota Kinabalu.||In Sabah, the Jazz Festival is lined up for 13th - 14th June 2014 in Kota Kinabalu.|
|7th - 8th June at Likas Bay, Kota Kinabalu.||The 29th Sabah Dragon Boat Race takes place from 7th - 8th June at Likas Bay, Kota Kinabalu.|
|23rd - 28th June 2014 in Kota Kinabalu||The 9th Sabah International Folklore Festival 2014 is scheduled for 23rd - 28th June 2014 in Kota Kinabalu. World culture enthusiasts should not miss this folklore event.|
|25th - 28th September 2014 at Kinabalu Park, Sabah.||The 6th Borneo Bird Festival 2014 is planned for 25th - 28th September 2014 at Kinabalu Park, Sabah.|
|26th - 28th
|Also in Sabah, the Borneo International Orchid Show will be held in Kota Kinabalu from 26th - 28th September 2014 to showcase the passion and skills of Sabah's orchid cultivators.|
|1st October 2014 Kota Belud, Sabah||The Tamu Besar traditional open-air market will be held in Kota Belud, Sabah on 1st October 2014. Highlights include Bajau Horsemen (known as Cowboys of the East), a beauty pageant and water buffalo race.|
President of the ThiruMurugan temple : S. Nokiah
January 30, 2014 11:40:18 AM
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