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Tags: Chettairs' Temple, Festival, Hindu, Kavadi, Kavadi Preparation, Little India, Photographs, Photography, Religious Festivals, Serangoon Road, Singapore, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Sri Thendayuthapani Temple, Street Festivals, Thaipusam, Thaipusam 2013, Thaipusam Procession, Vel
Categories : Events, Little India, Selegie Road Area, Singapore, Traditions
Thaipusam is perhaps the most colourful of the religious and cultural traditions brought in by the early immigrants to modern Singapore that is today celebrated on the streets of Singapore. Celebrated by Tamils from southern India during the full moon of the Tamil month of Thai, the festival in Singapore is notable for the 4 kilometre procession over which devotees carry a “burden”, in the form of a kavadi. The procession which starts from the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple along Serangoon Road and ends at the Sri Thendayuthapani Temple (Chettairs’ Temple) at Tank Road sees hundreds of devotees every year making their way along the route carrying kavadis which range from milk pots placed on their heads to more elaborate kavadis such as spike kavadis and chariot kavadis. The spike (or “vel”) kavadis is perhaps the most elaborate and involves the piercing of up to 108 spikes onto the body. The chariot kavadis involves the attachment of hooks to the backs of bearers which is attached to ropes pulling a chariot. Devotees often also have other piercings carried out including with skewers through the tongue and cheeks with holy ash applied to the area before hand. The piercings are said to inflict no pain as well as leave no scars (no blood is spilled as well) – devotees go through a 48 day spiritual cleansing prior to Thaipusam – which involves a strict regime of fasting, abstinence, and prayer. More information on the festival can be found at the Sri Thendayuthapani Temple’s website.
Photographs from Thaipusam 2013
(Black and Whites)
Photographs from previous years’ Thaipusam observations:
A similar festival celebrated in the Tamil month of Panguni in the Sembawang area:
Panguni Uthiram (2012)
Panguni Uthiram (2011)
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Tags: Kavadi, Kavadi Preparation, Little India, Photography, Photos, Religious Festivals, Serangoon Road, Singapore, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Street Festivals, Thaipusam, Thaipusam 2012, Thaipusam Procession
Categories : Events, Events around the World, Interesting happenings around town, Little India, Singapore, Traditions
Having photographed the procession of Kavadis on the streets over the last two Thaipusam celebrations in Singapore, as well as with Thaipusam falling on a work day this year, I decided to set off early this year to take a look at the preparations of the Kavadi bearers at Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple in Serangoon Road at the break of day. The colourful Hindu festival during which ‘Kavadis‘ or burdens, some which involve piercing of various parts of the body, are borne by devotees, is one which captivated me as a child and one that still contiunes to fascinate me to this day. It can possibly be considered to be the last authentic religious festival that is still enacted on the streets in Singapore – albeit with some restrictions which give it less of an atmosphere than celebrations that take place in our northern neighbour Malaysia.
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Tags: Singapore, Thaipusam, Thaipusam 2011, Thaipusam Procession, Kavadi, Milk Pots, Hindu Endowments Board, HEB
Categories : Singapore, Traditions, Selegie Road Area, Forgotten Laws
Thaipusam each year brings with it the colourful sights and sounds of tradition that is missing from much of the remade Singapore. This year, the annual event which takes place on the day of the full moon during the Tamil month of “Thai” has been somewhat overshadowed by the Hindu Endowments Board’s guidelines which advises devotees of the existing ban on the playing of recorded music and use of gongs or drums during the procession. Nevertheless, Thaipusam, sans some of the familiar sounds, does bring a burst of colour and life to streets which are otherwise coloured only by the rush of traffic. For more information and photographs of Thaipusam in Singapore, please read my post published last year on last years procession at this link.
Scenes from 2011's Thaipusam in Singapore.