Thaipusam Festival 2010

Thaipusam Festival is one of the most important festivals dedicated to Lord Muruga (also known as Kartik or Subrahmanya or Skanda). Thaipusam Festival 2010 is January 30. It is believed that Goddess Parvati presented the ‘vel’ (lance) to Lord Murga on the Thai Pusam day to defeat the demons. 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.

Thaipusam is observed when the Pusam or Puyam Nakshatram falls in the Tamil month of Thai (Januray – February). It is mainly celebrated by the Hindu Tamil speaking Hindu 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 and milk pots to the Murgan temples. The most important Kavadi pilgrimage takes place at the Batu caves in Malaysia.

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.

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