Thaipusam - Thai Pusam Festival Dedicated to Muruga

Thaipusam is one of the most important festivals dedicated to Lord Muruga. It is believed that Goddess Parvati presented the ‘vel’ (lance) to Lord Murga on the Thaipusam day to defeat the demons. Thaipusam 2014 date is January 17. Like most Hindu festivals, Thaipusam too celebrates the victory of good over evil. Nowadays, Thaipusam garners international attention due to the body piercing done on the day with the Vel (lances) by Muruga devotees.

Lord Muruga, the son of Lord Shiva, is also known as Shanmugha, Subrahamanya, Kartikeya and Skanda. In Hindu mythology, he is the general of the army of the Devas.

Thaipusam is observed in the Tamil month of Thai (Januray – February). Thaipusam is mainly celebrated by the Hindu Tamil speaking community in India (especially in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh), Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka and in many other parts of the world were the Tamilians have settled.

The most important event on the day is that of devotees carrying various types of Kavadi to the Murgan temples. The most important Kavadi pilgrimage takes place at the Batu caves in Malaysia.

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