FACTOID # 12: It's not the government they hate: Washington DC has the highest number of hate crimes per capita in the US.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
 
WHAT'S NEW
RELATED ARTICLES
People who viewed "Thaipusam" also viewed:
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > Thaipusam
Murugan idol during Thaipusam.
Murugan idol during Thaipusam.

Thaipusam (Tamil: தைப்பூசம்) is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (Jan/Feb). Pusam refers to a star that is at its highest point during the festival. The festival commemorates both the birthday of Lord Murugan (also Subramaniam), the youngest son of Shiva and Parvati, and the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a vel (lance) so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman. Image File history File links Please see the file description page for further information. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Thaipusam. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1197x1600, 529 KB) Murugan idol, adorned with peacock feathers, being carried in procession during a Thaipusam festival celebration in Malaysia. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1197x1600, 529 KB) Murugan idol, adorned with peacock feathers, being carried in procession during a Thaipusam festival celebration in Malaysia. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Hinduism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Languages Tamil Religions Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Jainism Related ethnic groups Dravidian people Brahui people Kannadigas Malayalis Tamils Telugus Tuluvas Gonds The Tamil people are an ethnic group from the Indian subcontinent with a recorded history going back more than two millennia. ... It has been suggested that Puthandu be merged into this article or section. ... Muruga (also Murugan) (Tamil: ) is perhaps the most popular Hindu deity amongst Tamils of Tamil Nadu state in India, Sri Lanka and in the Tamil diaspora. ... “Nilakantha” redirects here. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... In Hindu mythology, Soorapadam (also known as Soorapadman), was a rakshasa. ...

Thaipusam burdens
Thaipusam burdens
Vel kavadi
Vel kavadi

Devotees prepare for the celebration by cleansing themselves through prayer and fasting. On the day of the festival, devotees will shave their heads undertake a pilgrimage along a set route while engaging in various acts of devotion, notably carrying various types of kavadi (burdens). At its simplest this may entail carrying a pot of milk, but mortification of the flesh by piercing the skin, tongue or cheeks with vel skewers is also common. The most spectacular practice is the vel kavadi, essentially a portable altar up to two meters tall, decorated with peacock feathers and attached to the devotee through 108 vels pierced into the skin on the chest and back. Fire walking and flagellation may also be practiced. It is claimed that devotees are able to enter a trance, feel no pain, do not bleed from their wounds and have no scars left behind. However, some of the more extreme masochistic practices have been criticized as dangerous and contrary to the spirit and intention of Hinduism. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1197x1600, 308 KB) Worshippers carry heavy pots in a procession during a Thaipusam festival celebration in Malaysia. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1197x1600, 308 KB) Worshippers carry heavy pots in a procession during a Thaipusam festival celebration in Malaysia. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1197x1600, 250 KB) Worshipper carrying idols and hooks during a Thaipusam festival celebration in Malaysia. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1197x1600, 250 KB) Worshipper carrying idols and hooks during a Thaipusam festival celebration in Malaysia. ... Flagellants mortifying the flesh, at the time of the Black Death Mortification of the flesh literally means putting the flesh to death. The term is primarily used in religious contexts, and is practised in a variety of ways. ... Whipping on a post Flagellation is the act of whipping (Latin flagellum, whip) the human body. ... An altered state of consciousness is any state which is significantly different from a normative waking beta wave state. ... Flogging demonstration at Folsom Street Fair 2004. ...

Ethnic Chinese partaking in the celebration.
Ethnic Chinese partaking in the celebration.

The largest Thaipusam celebrations take place in Singapore and Malaysia[citation needed]. The temple at the Batu Caves, near Kuala Lumpur, often attracts over one million devotees and tens of thousands of tourists[citation needed]. The procession to the caves starts at the Maha Mariamman Temple in the heart of the city and proceeds for 15 kilometers to the caves, an 8-hour journey culminating in a flight of 272 steps to the top. In Malaysia, although rare, scenes of people from different ethnic groups and faiths bearing "kavadi" can also be seen. Interestingly, Thaipusam is also increasingly being celebrated by the ethnic Chinese in Malaysia[citation needed]. Thaipusam is also celebrated at another cave site, the Sri Subramaniar Temple in Gunong Cheroh, Ipoh, Perak and at Jalan Waterfall in Penang Image File history File links ThaiMAL.jpg Summary A hindu devotee during Thaipusam in Malaysia. ... Image File history File links ThaiMAL.jpg Summary A hindu devotee during Thaipusam in Malaysia. ... Image File history File links ThaiCHI.jpg Summary An ethnic Chinese performing the ritual. ... Image File history File links ThaiCHI.jpg Summary An ethnic Chinese performing the ritual. ... Batu Caves is a limestone hill to the north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which has a series of caves and cave temples. ... Nickname: KL Motto: Maju dan makmur (Malay: Peace and progress) Location in Malaysia Coordinates: Country Malaysia State Federal Territory Establishment 1857 Granted city status 1974 Government  - Mayor (Datuk Bandar) Abdul Hakim Borhan From 14 December 2006 Area  - City 243. ... The Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Pretoria and was built in 1905. ... Nickname: City of Millionaires or Bougainvillea City Location in Malaysia Coordinates: Country Malaysia State Perak Establishment Around 1880 Mayor Mohamad Rafiai Moktar Area    - City 643 km²  (248. ... State motto: no State motto Capital Ipoh Royal Capital Kuala Kangsar Sultan Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Chief Minister Dato Seri Diraja Tajol Rosli bin Mohd Ghazali Area 21,006 km² Population  - Est. ... State motto: Bersatu dan Setia (United and Loyal) State anthem: Untuk Negeri Kita (For Our State) Capital George Town Ruling party Barisan Nasional  - Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Abdul Rahman bin Haji Abbas  - Ketua Menteri Dr Koh Tsu Koon History    - Ceded by Kedah to British 11 August 1786   - Japanese occupation 1942...


In Palani, Tamil Nadu, India, Thai Pusam is celebrated with grandeur. Thousands of devotees flock to Palani and attend kavadi. According to palani.org, "The number of kavadis reaching Palani for Thai Pusam is about 10,000. For Pankuni Uttiram, 50,000 kavadis arrive. It is kavadi to your right, kavadi to your left, kavadi in front of you, kavadi behind you, kavadi above you and kavadi below you."[1] To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Tamil Nadu (தமிழ் நாடு, Land of the Tamils) is a state at the southern tip of India. ...


In 2007, Thaipusam was celebrated on 1 February 2007. February 1 is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ...


See also

Hinduism in Southeast Asia influenced the Champa kingdom in Vietnam, the Srivijayan kingdom on Sumatra, the Singhasari kingdom and the Majapahit Empire based in Java, Bali, and a number of the islands of the Philippine archipelago. ... // The early 19th century saw a wave of immigrants from southern India, mostly Tamils, to work as coolies and labourers for the British East India Company in Singapore. ... Sri Mariamman Temple is Singapores oldest Hindu temple. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Thaipusam. ...

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to:
Thaipusam

Image File history File links Commons-logo. ... Wikimedia Commons logo by Reid Beels The Wikimedia Commons (also called Commons or Wikicommons) is a repository of free content images, sound and other multimedia files. ...

Notes and references

  1. ^ Palani Thai Pusam, accessed Dec 05, 2006
Festivals in the Hindu calendar
Sankranti | Hosa Varsha | Gowri Habba | Anantana Vrata | Bheemana Amaavaase | Satyanarayana Pooja | Datta Jayanti | Pongal | Holi | Ugadi | Vishu | Rama Navami | Krishna Janmaashtami | Onam | Ganesh Chaturthi | Vaisakhi | Navratri | Durga Puja | Vijayadashami | Dasara | Karwa Chauth | Deepawali | Thaipusam | Maha Shivaratri | Ekadasi | Mahalakshmi vrata | Raksha Bandhan | Bhai-Dooj/Bhau-Beej | Puthandu
v  d  e

  Results from FactBites:
 
BBC - Religion & Ethics - Thaipusam (1298 words)
Thaipusam is a time for Hindus of all castes and cultures to say thank you and show their appreciation to one of their Gods, Lord Murugan, a son of Shiva.
The festival of Thaipusam was brought to Malaysia in the 1800s, when Indian immigrants started to work on the Malaysian rubber estates and the government offices.
Thaipusam is held in the last week of January or the beginning of February, depending on the alignment of the sun, moon and planets, and takes place 13 kilometres outside the Malaysian capital city, Kuala Lumpur in a sacred Hindu shrine called the Batu Caves.
  More results at FactBites »

 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m