Why do we celebrate Thaipusam?

Why do we celebrate Thaipusam?

Anchored by a large, colourful annual procession, Thaipusam sees Hindu devotees in Singapore seeking blessings, fulfilling vows and offering thanks. The festival is celebrated in honour of Lord Subramaniam (also known as Lord Murugan), the destroyer of evil who represents virtue, youth and power.

Why do people Pierce during Thaipusam?

This ritual of self-sacrifice, and the trancelike state devotees enter into when their skin is being pierced, is intended to defeat inner demons and gain Lord Murugan’s blessing.

Why is Thaipusam special for Murugan?

Murugan during Thaipusam in Malaysia. decided by the Tamil calendar. The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan (aka Kartikeya) a Vel “spear” so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman and his brothers. …

Who are the gods and goddesses of Kathirkamam?

The main temple or Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devalaya, as it is known in local parlance, is dedicated to Kathirkama Kanthan, the Lord of infinite beauty, power and compassion. Within the same building complex, one finds small temples for Ganesa, Lord Siva, Vishnu and also for Valli and Deivanai.

What do you find at the kathirkama temple?

Normally, as one approaches the Kathirkama temple, he finds a tall tower depicting the colourful images from mythology, but Kathirkama appears different. Here one finds an arch building that leads to a humble structure inside. Until recently the temple was situated in the midst of a forest.

Who is the main deity of Thaipusam in Malaysia?

The main deity of this temple is Murugan. Visitors need to climb 513 stairs to reach the temple. It is the focal point of the Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia, after the Batu Caves.

How to celebrate Thai Pusam with Lord Murugan?

To celebrate Thaipusam all one needs to do is to attend special prayers performed in temples to Lord Murugan on Thaipusam day and offer thanks to Him. To observe Thaipusam you can also perform special prayers to Lord Murugan at home, meditate on Lord Murugan and be a vegetarian on this day, if you are not one already.