January 20, 2011

PM Najib’s second year visit to Batu Caves for Thaipusam


A floating crowd of over 1 million Hindu pilgrims, visitors and foreign tourists thronged the Sri Subramanian temple complex in Batu Caves for Thaipusam celebration on Thursday 20th January 2011.

Among the VIPs present was Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who made his second year visit to Batu Caves for Thaipusam under heavy police security including the presence of Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) riot police squad.

The prime minister hailed the Thaipusam festival as a celebration of the country's multiculturalism.




Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak arrives at Batu Caves for Thaipusam.


Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak gives the thumb up sign as he arrives at Batu Caves for Thaipusam.


Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak waves to the large crowd of pilgrims, visitors and tourists that converged on the temple complex at Batu Caves for Thaipusam.


Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak waves to the people as he arrives at Batu Caves for Thaipusam.


Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak waves to the people after delivering his address to the people on the first floor of the two-storey Batu Caves Temple new office building.


Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Special Infrastructure Ambassador to India and South Asia Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu waving to the people.


A giant-size cardboard cut-out of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was put up at the entrance to Sri Subramaniar Swamy temple complex at Batu Caves.


There was a significant police presence. The Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) riot polic squad formed a police cordon around Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib during his visit to Batu Caves for Thaipusam.


Hindu devotees carry kavadis as they perform their pilgrimage to Batu Caves temple during the Thaipusam festival.


Hindu devotees celebrates Thaipusam by fulfilling their vows through the carrying of kavadis.


The carrying of a kavadi is a demonstration of devotion and thanksgiving to Lord Muruga during Thaipusam, especially by devotees whose prayers have been answered.


The 140-feet ( 42.7 metres) high statue of Hindu deity Lord Murugan by the foot of the 272-steps to Batu Caves. It is the tallest in the world.


The sight of the enormous golden Lord Murugan statue against the backdrop of the limestone hills was a sight to behold. Malaysian Hindus regard Lord Murugan (also known as Lord Subramaniam) as a manifestation of valor, beauty, youthfulness, vitality, masculinity and happiness.


Thousands of Hindu devotees, visitors and tourists climbed up the 272-steps that lead to the Sri Subramaniam temple in Batu Caves.


No pain: A devotee had his tongue and cheek pierced with skewers during the Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves. Amazingly, there is no blood, no tears, and no moaning!


A devotee suspended in mid air with chains.


The hooks are pierced into the skins on his back ....


.... and on his both legs as an act of faith and atonement to honour Lord Murugan.


Thousands of devotees inside the heart of Batu Caves during Thaipusam.


Devotees pray to Lord Murugan for divine help and many have had their prayers answered.


When their prayers are answered, they return on Thaipusam to fulfil their vows and pay penance to Lord Murugan.


Thousands of devotees made offerings of flowers, fruits and prayer items for Lord Murugan.


The main temple of deity Lord Murugan.


The deity Lord Murugan (centre) flanked by his two wives Goddess Valli Ammai and Goddess Theivayaanai.


There were more than 400 booths selling food, drinks, clothing, souvenirs and services. However some Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) such as the Hindu Sevai Sangam (above) distribute free food for everyone.


The Pakatan Rakyat Selangor booth distributes free mandarin oranges to everyone.
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A stilt-walking clown makes sculptured balloons for children.


Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse characters posed for a photograph outside the Tamil Matrimony booth which finds a life partner for Malaysian Indians.


At the Hotlink booth, you can find special promotion happening from these Hotlink babes (from left) Amy, Helena and Nadira.
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