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Thaipusam Festival, Batu Caves, Malaysia

Craig Ferguson 17 February 2010 7 comments

Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (Jan/Feb). The festival celebrates the birth of Murugan,the youngest son of Shiva and his wife Parvati. The festival at Batu Caves, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia culminates in a 272 step climb into the cave.

Woman in a trance pierced with a small lance (vel) during Thaipusam Festival, Batu Caves, Malaysia. The vel symbolises meditating by keeping silent.

Woman in a trance pierced with a small lance (vel) during Thaipusam Festival, Batu Caves, Malaysia. The vel symbolises meditating by keeping silent.

Head shaving at Thaipusam Festival, Batu Caves, Malaysia. Many pilgrims prepare for the day by cleansing, fasting and abstinence before having their head shaved.

Head shaving at Thaipusam Festival, Batu Caves, Malaysia. Many pilgrims prepare for the day by cleansing, fasting and abstinence before having their head shaved.

An infant has a haircut.

An infant has a haircut.

Showering at Thaipusam Festival, Batu Caves, Malaysia. Many pilgrims prepare for the day by cleansing, fasting and abstinence before gathering at the river for a final wash.

Showering at Thaipusam Festival, Batu Caves, Malaysia. Many pilgrims prepare for the day by cleansing, fasting and abstinence before gathering at the river for a final wash.

Climbing the 272 steps up to Batu Caves  for Thaipusam Festival, Batu Caves, Malaysia.

Climbing the 272 steps up to Batu Caves for Thaipusam Festival, Batu Caves, Malaysia.

Hooks are used to attach heavy objects to the pilgrims body before the ascent to the caves.

Hooks are used to attach heavy objects to the pilgrims body before the ascent to the caves.

Hooks are used to attach heavy objects to the pilgrims body before the ascent to the caves.

Hooks are used to attach heavy objects to the pilgrims body before the ascent to the caves.

Crowds of pilgrims head up the 272 steps into the cave.

Crowds of pilgrims head up the 272 steps into the cave.

Craig Ferguson

Craig Ferguson

Photographer Craig Ferguson is an award winning photographer from Australia who has been traveling and living in Asia since 1997. Craig’s work has appeared publications such as Monocle, Asian Geographic, Abitare, Lonely Planet, l’espresso, Taipei Times, Unearthing Asia, Verve and many more as well as online at National Geographic, the Huffington Post and neworleans.com. Corporate and commercial clients include Corel Corporation, Straight Music House, EVA Air, the American Chamber of Commerce (Taipei). Craig has also worked for NGO's such as the Jane Goodall Institute and the Taiwan SPCA. Craig is represented by Lonely Planet Images in additional to his freelance work, Craig is also the founder of Taipei Photo School, the Light Your World workshops and leader of the Taipei edition of Worldwide Photowalk. He hosts monthly photowalks in various locations around Taipei that are open to all.

7 Comments For This Post

  1. Aor Pichayanee Aor Pichayanee Says:

    I like photo blogs. They make me “see” the variety of different unique livings and cultures represented by different angles of the photographers. And of course, for things I have never seen. I look forward to seeing more photo blogs in here. I really enjoy them. Thanks, Craig for sharing this. You’ve been here in Asia for more than 10 years, where in Asia do you enjoy most? Would you to follow you on twitter to update your new coming up interesting photos :)

  2. Craig Ferguson Craig Ferguson Says:

    Thanks for the comment. I’m not sure where I like the most in terms of traveling – different places for different reasons. My wife is from Taiwan and that’s where we live, so I should say there. :) You’re welcome to follow me on Twitter – I’m @cfimages.

  3. RJtravels RJtravels Says:

    Amazing shots Craig!

  4. ggberry ggberry Says:

    Follow your blog from T+L main page (travelandleisureasia.com). Seems like a few people RT about your post on twitter. Do you have Flickr account?

  5. Craig Ferguson Craig Ferguson Says:

    Thanks all.

    On Flickr I’m also cfimages.

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