Monday, May 23, 2022

The silver chariot sets out

While Thaipusam is being observed under tight SOPs for yet another year, the silver chariot bearing the statue of Lord Murugan continues its annual journey.

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Hindu devotees wait to perform the paal koodam ceremony of carrying milk pots at the Sri Subramaniam Temple, ahead of Thaipusam to avoid the crowds.

Devotees climb the multi-coloured stairs at the Sri Subramaniam Temple, carefully balancing pots filled with milk for the paal koodam ceremony.

In Ipoh, Lord Murugan’s chariot is escorted by security personnel who ensure that crowds do not gather, in compliance with Covid-19 SOPs.

Devotees wear face masks as they keep a safe distance from each other while walking before the chariot.

Lord Murugan’s chariot enters the Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar Temple in Gunung Cheroh, Ipoh.

Devotees carry pots of milk as they wait to perform the paal koodam.

Hindus pray before the chariot of Lord Murugan as it stops in front of the Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar Temple.

A woman prays in front of Lord Murugan’s statue.

People queue outside the temple, waiting for their turn to perform the paal koodam to avoid causing congestion within the temple grounds.

Devotees wearing face masks and dressed in yellow, a traditional colour during Thaipusam, maintain physical distancing as they wait to perform the paal koodam.

Hindus carry pots filled with milk as they walk barefoot towards a temple at Batu Caves on Thaipusam morning.

A man walks past a row of shoplots, carrying a pot filled with milk for the paal koodam ceremony.

A devotee bound in chains prays before heading to a temple in Batu Caves.

A couple pour milk from their containers at the Sri Subramaniam Temple in Batu Caves as part of the paal koodam ceremony.

A woman balances a pot of milk on her head as she climbs the stairs at the Sri Subramaniam Temple.

A man carries a child whose head has been sprinkled with yellow powder for Thaipusam.

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