Bearing the weight of cameras and heavy equipments, photographers from all around the world brave through the crowd, weather and fatigue, in hopes of being a shutter click away from a resplendent photo that will eternalise the happenings at Thaipusam. Year after year, we see more photographers travel from near and far to get a glimpse of the vibrant Thaipusam festival. We decided to put together 20 of our favourite images of Thaipusam 2019 in Malaysia captured by photographers from Malaysia and around the world!

1. Siva WWC, Malaysia

A circular coterie of devotees.


2. Barathan Amuthan, Malaysia

Love above all. A tender moment between a devotee and an older woman.

3. David Hagerman, Istanbul

The echoes of coconut shells smashing the hard grounds.

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Happy Thaipusam! #penang #travel

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4. Nazrul, Malaysia

The pull of penance.

5. Pink Foot By Anith Goshi, Singapore

The little Murugan.

6. Dominic Hall, New Zealand

The auburn window to the soul.

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#thaipusam #batucaves #people_infinity

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7. Eddy, Malaysia

Fresh faced.

8. James Quah, Malaysia

A full circle.

9. Jorge Vassallo, Portugal

Just a little help, please!

10. Kher Photos, Malaysia

I believe. Too.

11. Elleke van Reuler, Netherlands

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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I woke up early to meet up with @hafifiarifadil92 , who I’d met in Bali a few months ago. We were going to see the infamous Batu caves, just outide of Kuala Lumpur. I sat on the back of his scooter while we saw the sun come up from across the road. Almost there, we ran into an intense amount of cars, motorbikes and people. Hafifi had read somewhere that 1.6 million people were expected to visit the caves today. Omg. Apparently it was the celebration Thaipusam and hundreds of devotees were lined up in beautiful clothes, chanting and carrying pots filled with milk to offer. The caves were impressive too, but for me, the ceremonies, the chanting and the smell of milk made it even more special. ??✨ #thaipusam #kualalumpur #sonyalpha #sonya6000 #whpwanderlust

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12. Sivaraj Murthy, Malaysia

The light of the divine.

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To Divine.

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13. Samuel Goh U-Wei, Malaysia

Adding a feather to his cap.

14. William Cheh, Malaysia

Lil agony, lil pain.

15. Dyanaea, Malaysia

Hazy times.

16. Haziq Saparudin, Malaysia

Moments of devotion.

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Such a great experience to witnessed Thaipusam in Batu Caves 12 hours there really taught me something i cant really forget. Its not how good the photo itself but memories, journey, and sweat behind every photo. Btw i used Canon 5D Mark ii for these shots #thaipusam2019 #thaipusam . @canonasia @canonmalaysia . . . . . #streetshared #urbanandstreet #urbanstreet #streetphotography #urbanaisle #streetleaks #culturevulture #rawurbanshots #streetclassics #my_ig_lah #morninglight #moodygrams #illgrammers #founder_igers #igersmalaysia #artofvisuals #whplayers #kualalumpurcity #kualalumpur #depthobsessed #theimaged #citygrammers #xv_favourite #jomstreetmy #whpshadowplay #shotz__fired #canon #canonasia

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17. Dinnesh Roy, Malaysia

Calm in the chaos.

18. Calvin Ng, Malaysia

The power within.

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19. Heart Patrick, Malaysia-Singapore

A sea of people.

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Been in KL my whole life and I could no longer live with the fact that I have yet to witness such a colorful festival unfolding right in my own city. Felt so proud and touched on how our Hindu friends made us feel welcomed to share and document this important occasion with them throughout the whole ceremony. Thank you @heartpatrickmum @wg_sam @velmo13 and @joshkok for your company. ❤️❤️❤️ Happy Thaipusam! ?? ✨✨ . . . . . . . . . . #explorekl #discoverkl @discoverkualalumpur #klyourshot #way2ill #illgrammers #heatercentral #fatalframes #hsinthefield #trappingtones #alphahype #agameoftones #tonekillers #hsdailyfeature #Streets_Vision #streetmobs #streetgrammers #citygrammers #citykillerz #urbanromantix #urbangathering #thaipusam #thaipusam2019

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20. Pratap, Malaysia

Sole Purpose. Solo Person. Soul Purification.

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