Thousands of devotees and onlookers have thronged various Murugan temples across the country for Thaipusam.
This kicked off yesterday after flags were raised at temples to signify the start of the annual Hindu festival.
In the Sri Subramaniar Temple of Batu Caves, the Thaipusam flag was raised after the arrival of the silver chariot bearing the statue of Lord Murugan yesterday afternoon.
The silver chariot made its way through the heart of the nation’s capital and its suburbs on a 16km journey. Starting at Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Jalan Tun H.S. Lee , the procession passed through Jalan Sultan, Jalan Pudu, Jalan Tun Perak, Lebuh Ampang, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Munshi Abdullah, Jalan Dang Wangi, Jalan Raja Laut, Jalan Ipoh, Jalan Perhentian and Jalan Ipoh Batu 5 before reaching Batu Caves.
Up north, Thaipusam is in full swing at the Waterfall Hilltop Murugan Temple. A dual chariot procession made its way through the streets of Penang. This was the fourth consecutive year where the golden and silver chariots made their appearance on the island.
This year, a new golden chariot made its maiden journey to the Murugan temple. Beginning at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Queen Street, the chariot measuring 7.3m was pulled by devotees.
The old golden chariot, which was used for Thaipusam last year, was 5.9m high and placed within the hilltop temple compound.
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