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Thaipusam 2020 Date - Importance – Puja - Story - Information on Thai Poosam

Thaipoosam is an important festival dedicated to Lord Muruga or Kartikeya. It is observed in the Tamil month of Tai or Thai (January – February). Thaipusam 2020 date is February 8, Saturday. It is celebrated mainly 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.

Lord Subramanya represents virtue, youth and power, and is the destroyer of evil. He is the wish fulfilling deity.

Highlights Of Thaipusam Festival

  • Large, colourful processions.
  • Carrying Kavadi
  • Carrying milk pots
  • Piercing body with small lances and hooks
  • Devotees seek blessings, fulfilling vows and offering thanks to Muruga

Legend has it that Lord Muruga, son of Lord Shiva, killed Tharakasuran and other demons who were creating mayhem on earth on Pusam star in the month of Thai.

Thaipusam is celebrated to commemorate this victory of good over evil.

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

Thaipusam is the climax of an entire month spent in spiritual preparation with a strict vegetarian diet. Some people do this Vrat or spiritual austerities for a year or six months

It is believed that only when the mind is free of material worth and the body free from physical pleasures can a devotee undertake the sacred task without feeling any pain. It is said that the devotees who undertake spiritual austerities before Thaipusam do not feel pain when the lance is pierced in their body.

Thaipusam In Singapore

Thaipusam is one of the oldest Hindu festivals in Singapore. It is not for public puja and long processions.

Thaipusam festival generally lasts for 2 days in Singapore. On the eve of the festival, the chariot procession with murti of Lord Muruga begins from Sri Thendayuthapani Temple at Tank Road to Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple at Keong Siak Road. The procession goes through 4.5 km road. 

The puja and rituals on Thaipusam day starts very early morning. As part of the ceremony, the first batch of devotees carry milk pots and wooden kavadis. Some pierce their tongues with skewers and carry a wooden kavadi decorated with flowers and peacock feathers balanced on their shoulders. Other devotees carry spiked kavadis that require elaborate preparation.

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