As Thaipusam approaches on January 25th this year, devotees eagerly embark on fulfilling their sacred vows, making pilgrimages to the Batu Caves Subramaniar Temple. In the spirit of Thaipusam, ‘Tamilan Uthavum Karangkal’, a non-governmental organization, is tirelessly championing a noble cause—ensuring that individuals of Indian descent with disabilities can seamlessly partake in their vow fulfillments at the revered Sri Subramaniar Swamy temple in Batu Caves. Yesterday, the organization carried out its annual initiative of carrying individuals with disabilities to reach the top of the cave temple at Batu Caves.
Established in 1999, ‘Tamilan Uthavum Karangkal‘ is dedicated to aiding the Malaysian Indian community. The organization is steadfast in its mission to facilitate a seamless experience for individuals with disabilities of Indian descent, allowing them to fulfill their vows without impediments at Batu Caves during the Thaipusam festival. Through its longstanding commitment, the organization strives to ensure that disabled members of the community can actively engage in the spiritual traditions and rituals of Thaipusam, fostering inclusivity and support within this vibrant cultural celebration.
Significantly, this marks the 25th year of ‘Tamilan Uthavum Karangkal‘ undertaking in such impactful social initiatives.
The founder of Tamilan Uthavum Karangkal, A. Muraly, shared, “It was on my father’s 50th birthday that I took an individual with disabilities up the 272 steps of the Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple for prayer during Thaipusam. Since that moment, my resolve to make meaningful contributions to the Indian community in Malaysia has only strengthened.”
The NGO, ‘Tamilan Uthavum Karangkal’, persists in making significant contributions through its social programs aimed at assisting individuals with disabilities, particularly in conjunction with the Thaipusam celebration. This impactful initiative involves the dedicated efforts of 300 volunteers who actively participate in the program. Their collective commitment ensures the smooth execution of this initiative which is designed to support and empower disabled individuals, emphasizing the organization’s ongoing dedication to fostering inclusivity and making a positive impact within the community during the auspicious Thaipusam celebration.
The association also distributed food to 2,000 devotees gathered at the Batu Caves temple yesterday. Additionally, the organization extended support by providing RM50 each to approximately 85 individuals with disabilities present at the event. This compassionate gesture reflects the NGO’s commitment to the well-being of devotees and its dedication to alleviating the challenges faced by persons with disabilities during the Thaipusam festivities.
Tamilan Uthavum Karangkal’s unwavering commitment to inclusivity and social welfare shines brightly, especially in the context of the Thaipusam celebration. As the organization commemorates its 25th year, its remarkable efforts to empower individuals with disabilities within the Malaysian Indian community stand as a testament to the enduring spirit of compassion and service. Through the collective endeavors of dedicated volunteers, ‘Tamilan Uthavum Karangkal’ continues to be a beacon of positive change, enriching the Thaipusam experience for all, and exemplifying the true essence of community-driven philanthropy.