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MALAYSIA-RELIGION/THAIPUSAM
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February 03, 2015
Hindu devotees watch a cock fight in the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hindu devotees watch a cock fight in the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur
Hindu devotees watch a cock fight in the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 3, 2015. Hindu devotees across Malaysia on Tuesday celebrated Thaipusam, a religious celebration dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Murugan. Piercing various parts of their body with silver skewers, devotees carry often large contraptions known as Kavadi, thereby taking on a physical burden through which the devotees implore for help from Murugan. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY ANIMALS)
MALAYSIA-RELIGION/THAIPUSAM
RTR4O01E
February 03, 2015
Hindu devotees climb the steps to Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 3, 2015....
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hindu devotees climb the steps to Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur
Hindu devotees climb the steps to Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 3, 2015. Hindu devotees across Malaysia on Tuesday celebrated Thaipusam, a religious celebration dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Murugan.
Piercing various parts of their body with silver skewers, devotees carry often large contraptions known as Kavadi, thereby taking on a physical burden through which the devotees implore for help from Murugan. Devotees also fulfill vows by carrying milk-filled pots up the stairs to the cave temple. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
MALAYSIA-RELIGION/THAIPUSAM
RTR4NZXH
February 03, 2015
A Hindu devotee has her tongue pierced before her pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A Hindu devotee has her tongue pierced before her pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam...
A Hindu devotee has her tongue pierced before her pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 3, 2015. Hindu devotees across Malaysia on Tuesday celebrated Thaipusam, a religious celebration dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Murugan. Piercing various parts of their body with silver skewers, devotees carry often large contraptions known as Kavadi, thereby taking on a physical burden through which the devotees implore for help from Murugan. Devotees also fulfill vows by carrying milk-filled pots up the stairs to the cave temple. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
MALAYSIA-RELIGION/THAIPUSAM
RTR4NZWY
February 03, 2015
A Hindu devotee pierced with bells is seen before his pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A Hindu devotee pierced with bells is seen before his pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam...
A Hindu devotee pierced with bells is seen before his pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 3, 2015. Hindu devotees across Malaysia on Tuesday celebrated Thaipusam, a religious celebration dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Murugan. Piercing various parts of their body with silver skewers, devotees carry often large contraptions known as Kavadi, thereby taking on a physical burden through which the devotees implore for help from Murugan. Devotees also fulfill vows by carrying milk-filled pots up the stairs to the cave temple. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
SINGAPORE-RELIGION/
RTR4NZQZ
February 03, 2015
A devotee carrying his kavadi waits to start his procession during Thaipusam festival in Singapore February...
Singapore, Singapore
A devotee carrying his kavadi waits to start his procession during Thaipusam festival in Singapore
A devotee carrying his kavadi waits to start his procession during Thaipusam festival in Singapore February 3, 2015. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival observed on the day of the full moon during the Tamil calendar month of Thai, and celebrated in honour of the Hindu god Lord Murugan. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SINGAPORE-RELIGION/
RTR4NZQG
February 03, 2015
A devotee leaves a temple pulling a chariot during Thaipusam festival in Singapore February 3, 2015....
Singapore, Singapore
A devotee leaves a temple pulling a chariot during Thaipusam festival in Singapore
A devotee leaves a temple pulling a chariot during Thaipusam festival in Singapore February 3, 2015. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival observed on the day of the full moon during the Tamil calendar month of Thai, and celebrated in honour of the Hindu god Lord Murugan. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
MALAYSIA-RELIGION/
RTR4NX14
February 02, 2015
A Hindu devotee prays as she takes a ritual shower before starting her pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A Hindu devotee prays as she takes a ritual shower before starting her pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple...
A Hindu devotee prays as she takes a ritual shower before starting her pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 2, 2015. Thousands of Hindus participate in the annual Hindu festival in which devotees subject themselves to painful rituals in a demonstration of faith and self punishment. Hindus believe they are cleansed of all sins and their misdeeds can be redeemed by observing prayers during Thaipusam. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
MALAYSIA-RELIGION/
RTR4NWZ1
February 02, 2015
Hindu devotees go into a trance before starting their pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hindu devotees go into a trance before starting their pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam...
Hindu devotees go into a trance before starting their pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 2, 2015. Thousands of Hindus participate in the annual Hindu festival in which devotees subject themselves to painful rituals in a demonstration of faith and self punishment. Hindus believe they are cleansed of all sins and their misdeeds can be redeemed by observing prayers during Thaipusam. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
MALAYSIA-FESTIVAL/
RTR4NWXR
February 02, 2015
A Hindu devotee carries a kavadi on his pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A Hindu devotee carries a kavadi on his pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala...
A Hindu devotee carries a kavadi on his pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 2, 2015. Thousands of Hindus participate in the annual Hindu festival in which devotees subject themselves to painful rituals in a demonstration of faith and self punishment. Hindus believe they are cleansed of all sins and their misdeeds can be redeemed by observing prayers during Thaipusam. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
MALAYSIA/
RTX17HLP
January 17, 2014
A Hindu devotee looks on, his face painted with blue powder, before a pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves...
Batu Caves, Malaysia
A Hindu devotee looks on, his face painted with blue powder, before a pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves...
A Hindu devotee looks on, his face painted with blue powder, before a pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves Temple during Thaipusam festival outside Kuala Lumpur January 17, 2014. Thousands of Hindus, who comprise over eight percent of the 29 million Malaysian population, participate in the annual Hindu thanksgiving festival in which devotees subject themselves to painful rituals in a demonstration of faith and penance held in honour of Lord Subramaniam. REUTERS/Samsul Said (MALAYSIA - Tags: RELIGION)
SINGAPORE/
RTX17HA2
January 17, 2014
Bystanders take photos as a devotee pulls a chariot with hooks pierced into his back during the Thaipusam...
Singapore, Singapore
Bystanders take photos as a devotee pulls a chariot with hooks pierced into his back during the Thaipusam...
Bystanders take photos as a devotee pulls a chariot with hooks pierced into his back during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore January 17, 2014. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival observed on the day of the full moon during the Tamil calendar month of Thai, and celebrated in honour of the Hindu god Lord Murugan. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
SINGAPORE/
RTX17H08
January 16, 2014
An ethnic Chinese devotee who had his back pierced prepares to carry a milk jug during Thaipusam festival...
Singapore, Singapore
Ethnic Chinese devotee who had his back pierced prepares to carry a milk jug during Thaipusam festival...
An ethnic Chinese devotee who had his back pierced prepares to carry a milk jug during Thaipusam festival in Singapore early January 17, 2014. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival observed on the day of the full moon during the Tamil calendar month of Thai, and celebrated in honour of the Hindu god Lord Murugan. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
MALAYSIA/
RTX17FXP
January 16, 2014
A Hindu devotee takes a ritual shower before he starts his pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves Temple...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A Hindu devotee takes a ritual shower before he starts his pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves Temple...
A Hindu devotee takes a ritual shower before he starts his pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves Temple during Thaipusam festival outside Kuala Lumpur January 16, 2014. Thousands of Hindus, who comprise over eight percent of the 29 million Malaysia's population, participate in the annual Hindu thanksgiving festival in which devotees subject themselves to painful rituals in a demonstration of faith and penance held in honour of Lord Subramaniam. Thaipusam will be held on January 17. REUTERS/Samsul Said (MALAYSIA - Tags: RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
MALAYSIA/
RTR3D0UU
January 27, 2013
Young Hindu devotee Sivaranjani Jaga, 10 months, gets her head shaved during Thaipusam festival at Batu...
Batu Caves, Malaysia
A young Hindu devotee gets her head shaved during Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves Temple outside Kuala...
Young Hindu devotee Sivaranjani Jaga, 10 months, gets her head shaved during Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves Temple outside Kuala Lumpur January 27, 2013. Thaipusam, the festival of penance honouring Lord Murugan, originated from Southern India and introduced to Malaysia in the 19th century by Indian immigrants, is no longer celebrated in India. However in Malaysia the festival has gone beyond the ethnic Indian community which comprises of over eight percent of the 28 million population. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
MALAYSIA/
RTR3D0U6
January 27, 2013
A Hindu devotee looks on as she participates in Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves Temple in Batu Caves...
Batu Caves, Malaysia
A Hindu devotee looks on as she participates in Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves Temple in Batu Caves...
A Hindu devotee looks on as she participates in Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves Temple in Batu Caves outside Kuala Lumpur January 27, 2013. Thaipusam, the festival of penance honouring Lord Murugan, originated from Southern India and introduced to Malaysia in the 19th century by Indian immigrants is no longer celebrated in India. However in Malaysia the festival has gone beyond the ethnic Indian community which comprises of over eight percent of the 28 million population. REUTERS/Samsul Said (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
MALAYSIA/
RTR3D0U3
January 27, 2013
A Hindu devotee gets in a trance before he starts his pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves Temple during...
Batu Caves, Malaysia
A Hindu devotee gets in a trance before he starts his pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves Temple during...
A Hindu devotee gets in a trance before he starts his pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves Temple during Thaipusam festival in Batu Caves outside Kuala Lumpur January 27, 2013. Thaipusam, the festival of penance honouring Lord Murugan, originated from Southern India and introduced to Malaysia in the 19th century by Indian immigrants, is no longer celebrated in India. However in Malaysia the festival has gone beyond the ethnic Indian community which comprises of over eight percent of the 28 million population. REUTERS/Samsul Said (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SINGAPORE/
RTR3D0QY
January 27, 2013
A Chinese devotee dances in his kavadi during Thaipusam in Singapore January 27, 2013. Thaipusam is a...
Singapore, Singapore
A Chinese devotee dances in his kavadi during Thaipusam in Singapore
A Chinese devotee dances in his kavadi during Thaipusam in Singapore January 27, 2013. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival observed on the day of the full moon during the Tamil calendar month of Thai, and celebrated in honour of the Hindu god Lord Murugan. The kavadi is a physical burden carried by the devotee during their worship of Lord Murugan and it symbolises a call for help and also a show of gratitude for blessings received from the god. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
SINGAPORE/
RTR3D0PY
January 27, 2013
Richard Morgan Samuel, a Christian, wears his crucifix necklace with his kavadi, during Thaipusam in...
Singapore, Singapore
Samuel, a Christian, wears his crucifix necklace with his kavadi, during Thaipusam in Singapore
Richard Morgan Samuel, a Christian, wears his crucifix necklace with his kavadi, during Thaipusam in Singapore January 27, 2013. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival observed on the day of the full moon during the Tamil calendar month of Thai, and celebrated in honour of the Hindu god Lord Murugan. The kavadi is a physical burden carried by the devotee during their worship of Lord Murugan and it symbolises a call for help and also a show of gratitude for blessings received from the god. Samuel has been participating in Thaipusam for the last couple of years. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
INDIA/
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February 07, 2012
A Hindu devotee with a pierced tongue takes part in a procession during the Thaipusam festival in the...
Kochi, India
A Hindu devotee with a pierced tongue takes part in a procession during the Thaipusam festival in the...
A Hindu devotee with a pierced tongue takes part in a procession during the Thaipusam festival in the southern Indian city of Kochi February 7, 2012. Thaipusam is an annual Hindu festival, observed on the day of the full moon during the Tamil month of Thai, celebrated in honour of Lord Subramaniam, also known as Lord Murugan. REUTERS/Sivaram V (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
THAIPUSAM
RTR2XFNF
February 07, 2012
A Malaysian Hindu devotee walks with his back pierced with hooks attached to ropes during the Thaipusam...
Georgetown, Malaysia
A Malaysian Hindu devotee walks with his back pierced with hooks attached to ropes during the Thaipusam...
A Malaysian Hindu devotee walks with his back pierced with hooks attached to ropes during the Thaipusam festival in Georgetown February 7, 2012. Thousands of Hindus, who comprise over eight percent of the 28 million Malaysian population, participate in the annual Thaipusam festival, in which devotees subject themselves to painful rituals in a demonstration of faith and penance, held in honour of Lord Subramaniam, also known as Lord Murugan. REUTERS/Samsul Said (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
SINGAPORE/
RTR2XFM9
February 07, 2012
Devotees walk with their Kavadis, accompanied by their family members singing songs and playing drums,...
Singapore, Singapore
Devotees walk with their Kavadis during Thaipusam festival in Singapore
Devotees walk with their Kavadis, accompanied by their family members singing songs and playing drums, during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore February 7, 2012. Thaipusam, a Hindu festival observed on the day of the full moon during the Tamil month of Thai, is celebrated in honour of Lord Murugan. A Kavadi is the physical burden carried by the devotee during their worship of Lord Murugan and represents the devotee's call for help from the god. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
SINGAPORE/
RTR2XFM4
February 07, 2012
A helper carries a mini milk jug to be hung on a devotee's body during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore...
Singapore, Singapore
A helper carries a mini milk jug to be hung on a devotee's body during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore...
A helper carries a mini milk jug to be hung on a devotee's body during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore February 7, 2012. Thaipusam, a Hindu festival observed on the day of the full moon during the Tamil month of Thai, is celebrated in honour of Lord Murugan. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
SINGAPORE/
RTR2XFLX
February 07, 2012
Mini milk jugs hang on hooks pierced on the back of a devotee during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore...
Singapore, Singapore
Mini milk jugs hang on hooks pierced on the back of a devotee during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore...
Mini milk jugs hang on hooks pierced on the back of a devotee during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore February 7, 2012. Thaipusam, a Hindu festival observed on the day of the full moon during the Tamil month of Thai, is celebrated in honour of Lord Murugan. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
SINGAPORE/
RTR2XFLI
February 07, 2012
Relatives do a final check on devotee R.Balasubramaniam's Kavadi during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore...
Singapore, Singapore
Relatives do a final check on a devotee's Kavadi during Thaipusam festival in Singapore
Relatives do a final check on devotee R.Balasubramaniam's Kavadi during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore February 7, 2012. Thaipusam, a Hindu festival observed on the day of the full moon during the Tamil month of Thai, is celebrated in honour of Lord Murugan. A Kavadi is the physical burden carried by the devotee during their worship of Lord Murugan and represents the devotee's call for help from the god. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
THAIPUSAM
RTR2XEO7
February 06, 2012
A Malaysian Hindu devotee is pierced with a skewer through his cheek before performing a soul cleansing...
Georgetown, Malaysia
A Malaysian Hindu devotee is pierced with a skewer through his cheek before performing a soul cleansing...
A Malaysian Hindu devotee is pierced with a skewer through his cheek before performing a soul cleansing pilgrimage to the sacred Waterfall temple, during Thaipusam festivalin Georgetown February 6, 2012.Thousands of Hindus, who comprise over eight percent of the 28 million Malaysia?s population, participate in the annual Hindu thanksgiving festival, in which devotees subject themselves to painful rituals in a demonstration of faith and penance, held in honour of Lord Subramaniam. REUTERS/Samsul Said (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
MALAYSIA/
RTR2XE05
February 06, 2012
The statue of Lord Muruga is carried by chariot among thousands of Hindu devotees during an 11-kilometre...
GEORGE TOWN, Malaysia
The statue of Lord Muruga is carried by chariot among thousands of Hindu devotees to Waterfall temple,...
The statue of Lord Muruga is carried by chariot among thousands of Hindu devotees during an 11-kilometre (7-mile) procession to Waterfall temple, marking the beginning of Thaipusam festival in George Town February 6, 2012 . Thousands of Hindus, who comprise over six percent of the 28 million Malaysia's population, participate in the annual Hindu thanksgiving festival, in which devotees subject themselves to painful rituals in a demonstration of faith and penance, held in honour of Lord Subramaniam. REUTERS/SamsulSaid (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
MALAYSIA-DILEMMA/
RTR2OIQX
July 06, 2011
A young Hindu devotee takes a shower before starting his pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves temple during...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
To match MALAYSIA-DILEMMA/
A young Hindu devotee takes a shower before starting his pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam festival in Kuala Lumpur on in this January 31, 2007 file photo. The man who made Malaysia part of the "East Asia Miracle" with a massive inflow of foreign direct investment doesn't think much of it today. The former emerging markets star, now a muddle, needs a new policy direction, says Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. Picture taken January 31, 2007. To match Special Report - MALAYSIA-DILEMMA/ REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad/Files (MALAYSIA)
Religion
Religion
Hindus Celebrate Thaipusam - 20 Jan 2011
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MALAYSIA/
RTXWT8B
January 20, 2011
A Hindu priest helps a devotee attach his miniature "paal kavadi", or silver pots filled with milk pierced...
Batu Caves, Malaysia
A Hindu priest helps a devotee with his miniature "paal kavadi" before the latter performs his pilgrimage...
A Hindu priest helps a devotee attach his miniature "paal kavadi", or silver pots filled with milk pierced onto his back, before the latter performs his pilgrimage to Batu Caves temple during the Thaipusam festival outside Kuala Lumpur January 20, 2011. The Thaipusam festival, which originated in the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu and was introduced to Malaysia in the 19th century by immigrant Indian estate workers, is celebrated in honour of Hindu god Lord Murugan. REUTERS/Samsul Said (MALAYSIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
MALAYSIA/
RTXWT7S
January 20, 2011
A Hindu devotee in a trance, performs his pilgrimage to Batu Caves temple during the Thaipusam festival...
Batu Caves, Malaysia
A Hindu devotee in a trance, performs his pilgrimage to Batu Caves temple during the Thaipusam festival...
A Hindu devotee in a trance, performs his pilgrimage to Batu Caves temple during the Thaipusam festival in Batu Caves outside Kuala Lumpur January 20, 2011. The Thaipusam festival, which originated in the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu and was introduced to Malaysia in the 19th century by immigrant Indian estate workers, is celebrated in honour of Hindu god Lord Murugan. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY HEADSHOT)
MALAYSIA/
RTXWT7Q
January 20, 2011
A Hindu devotee in a trance, crawls to perform his pilgrimage to Batu Caves temple during the Thaipusam...
Batu Caves, Malaysia
A Hindu devotee in a trance, crawls to perform his pilgrimage to Batu Caves temple during the Thaipusam...
A Hindu devotee in a trance, crawls to perform his pilgrimage to Batu Caves temple during the Thaipusam festival in Batu Caves outside Kuala Lumpur January 20, 2011. The Thaipusam festival, which originated in the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu and was introduced to Malaysia in the 19th century by immigrant Indian estate workers, is celebrated in honour of Hindu god Lord Murugan. REUTERS/Samsul Said (MALAYSIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
MALAYSIA/
RTXWT7H
January 20, 2011
A Hindu devotee douses himself with milk during a ritual shower before he begins his pilgrimage to Batu...
Batu Caves, Malaysia
A Hindu devotee douses himself with milk during a ritual shower at the Thaipusam festival in Batu Caves...
A Hindu devotee douses himself with milk during a ritual shower before he begins his pilgrimage to Batu Caves temple during the Thaipusam festival in Batu Caves outside Kuala Lumpur January 20, 2011. The Thaipusam festival, which originated in the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu and was introduced to Malaysia in the 19th century by immigrant Indian estate workers, is celebrated in honour of Hindu god Lord Murugan. REUTERS/Samsul Said (MALAYSIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
SINGAPORE/
RTXWT3N
January 20, 2011
A Hindu devotee wearing a pendant of Lord Murugan waits as assistants pierce his body with skewers to...
Singapore, Singapore
Hindu devotee wearing a pendant of Lord Murugan waits as assistants pierce his body with skewers to wear...
A Hindu devotee wearing a pendant of Lord Murugan waits as assistants pierce his body with skewers to wear a kavadi, during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore January 20, 2011.Thaipusam is a Hindu festival observed on the day of the full moon during the Tamil calendar month of Thai, and celebrated in honour of the Hindu god Lord Murugan. The kavadi is a physical burden carried by the devotee during their worship of Lord Murugan and it symbolises a call for help and also a show of gratitude for blessings received from the god. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: RELIGION ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
SINGAPORE/
RTXWT3M
January 20, 2011
A Hindu devotee dances as he wears a kavadi during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore January 20, 2011....
Singapore, Singapore
A Hindu devotee dances as he wears a kavadi during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore
A Hindu devotee dances as he wears a kavadi during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore January 20, 2011. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival observed on the day of the full moon during the Tamil calendar month of Thai, and celebrated in honour of the Hindu god Lord Murugan. The kavadi is a physical burden carried by the devotee during their worship of Lord Murugan and it symbolises a call for help and also a show of gratitude for blessings received from the god. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: RELIGION ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
MALAYSIA-FESTIVAL/
RTXWI59
January 13, 2011
Kavadi maker Saroja decorates a kavadi ahead of Thaipusam festival at her shop at the foot of Hindu Batu...
Batu Caves, Malaysia
To match Reuters Life! MALAYSIA-FESTIVAL/
Kavadi maker Saroja decorates a kavadi ahead of Thaipusam festival at her shop at the foot of Hindu Batu Caves temple in Batu Caves outside Kuala Lumpur January 9, 2011. The Thaipusam festival, which originated in the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu and was introduced to Malaysia in the 19th century by immigrant Indian estate workers, reflects a growing faith in the Hindu god's power to bless devotees with children and cure serious illnesses. Thaipusam will be celebrated on Jan 20. Picture taken on January 9, 2011. To match Reuters Life! MALAYSIA FESTIVAL/ REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
MALAYSIA-FESTIVAL/
RTXWI54
January 13, 2011
Hindu devotee Hemanth Naidu, 10, carries a kavadi during his pilgrimage into the Batu Caves temple ahead...
Batu Caves, Malaysia
To match Reuters Life! MALAYSIA-FESTIVAL/
Hindu devotee Hemanth Naidu, 10, carries a kavadi during his pilgrimage into the Batu Caves temple ahead of Thaipusam festival in Batu Caves outside Kuala Lumpur January 9, 2011. The Thaipusam festival, which originated in the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu and was introduced to Malaysia in the 19th century by immigrant Indian estate workers, reflects a growing faith in the Hindu god's power to bless devotees with children and cure serious illnesses. Thaipusam will be celebrated on Jan 20. Photo taken on January 9, 2011. To match Reuters Life! MALAYSIA FESTIVAL/ REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
MALAYSIA/
RTR29MWT
January 30, 2010
A Hindu devotee with skewers pierced through her cheek and tongue, carries a milk pot as she makes way...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A Hindu devotee with skewers pierced through her cheek and tongue, carries a milk pot as she makes way...
A Hindu devotee with skewers pierced through her cheek and tongue, carries a milk pot as she makes way for her pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam festival in Kuala Lumpur January 30, 2010. Thousands of Hindus, who comprise over eight percent of Malaysia's 28 million population, took part in the annual Hindu thanksgiving festival held in honour of Lord Murugan. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
MALAYSIA/
RTR29MWM
January 30, 2010
A family of Malaysian Hindu devotees leave oil lamps on a river before performing their pilgrimage to...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A family of Malaysian Hindu devotees leave oil lamps on a river before performing their pilgrimage to...
A family of Malaysian Hindu devotees leave oil lamps on a river before performing their pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam festival in Kuala Lumpur January 30, 2010. Thousands of Hindus, who comprise over eight percent of Malaysia?s 28 million population, took part in the annual Hindu thanksgiving festival held in honour of Lord Murugan. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
MALAYSIA/
RTR29MWI
January 30, 2010
A Malaysian Hindu devotee waits for his tongue to be pierced with a skewer before performing his pilgrimage...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A Malaysian Hindu devotee waits for his tongue to be pierced with a skewer before performing his pilgrimage...
A Malaysian Hindu devotee waits for his tongue to be pierced with a skewer before performing his pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam festival in Kuala Lumpur January 30, 2010. Thousands of Hindus, who comprise over eight percent of Malaysia?s 28 million population, took part in the annual Hindu thanksgiving festival held in honour of Lord Murugan. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
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January 30, 2010
A Malaysian Hindu devotee takes part in a cleansing ritual before his pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A Malaysian Hindu devotee takes part in a cleansing ritual before his pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves...
A Malaysian Hindu devotee takes part in a cleansing ritual before his pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur January 30, 2010. Thousands of Hindus, who comprise over eight percent of Malaysia's 28 million population, took part in the annual Hindu thanksgiving festival held in honour of Lord Murugan. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
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January 30, 2010
A Hindu devotee looks on as he gets ready to walk with his Kavadi during Thaipusam festival in Singapore...
Singapore, Singapore
A Hindu devotee looks on as he gets ready to walk with his Kavadi during Thaipusam festival in Singapore...
A Hindu devotee looks on as he gets ready to walk with his Kavadi during Thaipusam festival in Singapore January 30, 2010. Thaipusam, a Hindu festival observed on the day of the full moon during the Tamil month of Thai, is celebrated in honour of Lord Murugan. A Kavadi is the physical burden carried by the devotee during their worship of Lord Murugan and represents the devotee's call for help from the god. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY RELIGION)
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Hindus Celebrate Thaipusam - 08 Feb 2009
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February 08, 2009
Relatives attach the skewers of a "Kavadi", a metal frame suspended from his body using hooks and skewers...
Singapore, Singapore
Relatives attach the skewers of a Kavadi into a Hindu devotee's skin during the Thaipusam festival in...
Relatives attach the skewers of a "Kavadi", a metal frame suspended from his body using hooks and skewers pierced into the skin, into a Hindu devotee's skin during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore February 8, 2009. Thaipusam, a Hindu festival observed on the full moon day of the Tamil month of Thai, is celebrated in honour of Lord Muruga. REUTERS/Joachim Herrmann (SINGAPORE)
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February 08, 2009
A Hindu devotee has his mouth skewered as his family and friends watch during the Thaipusam festival...
Singapore, Singapore
A Hindu devotee has his mouth skewered as his family and friends watch during the Thaipusam festival...
A Hindu devotee has his mouth skewered as his family and friends watch during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore February 8, 2009. Thaipusam, a Hindu festival observed on the full moon day of the Tamil month of Thai, is celebrated in honour of Lord Muruga. REUTERS/Tim Chong (SINGAPORE)
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February 08, 2009
Hooks are seen pulling on the skin of a devotee during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore February 8,...
Singapore, Singapore
Hooks are seen pulling on the skin of a devotee during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore
Hooks are seen pulling on the skin of a devotee during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore February 8, 2009. Thaipusam, a Hindu festival observed on the full moon day of the Tamil month of Thai, is celebrated in honour of Lord Muruga. REUTERS/Joachim Herrmann (SINGAPORE)
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February 08, 2009
A combination photo shows Hindu devotees with piercings and skewers through their faces during the Thaipusam...
Singapore, Singapore
A combination photo shows Hindu devotees with piercings and skewers through their faces during the Thaipusam...
A combination photo shows Hindu devotees with piercings and skewers through their faces during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore February 8, 2009. Thaipusam, a Hindu festival observed on the full moon day of the Tamil month of Thai, is celebrated in honour of Lord Muruga. REUTERS/Staff (SINGAPORE)
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February 08, 2009
A boy has his hair shaved as a form of sacrifice during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore February...
Singapore, Singapore
A boy has his hair shaved as a form of sacrifice during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore
A boy has his hair shaved as a form of sacrifice during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore February 8, 2009. Thaipusam, a Hindu festival observed on the full moon day of the Tamil month of Thai, is celebrated in honour of Lord Muruga. REUTERS/Tim Chong (SINGAPORE)
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February 08, 2009
A man with limes hooked into his back carries a "Paal Kavadi", a silver pot filled with milk, during...
Singapore, Singapore
A man with limes hooked into his back carries a Paal Kavadi during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore...
A man with limes hooked into his back carries a "Paal Kavadi", a silver pot filled with milk, during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore February 8, 2009. Thaipusam, a Hindu festival observed on the full moon day of the Tamil month of Thai, is celebrated in honour of Lord Muruga. REUTERS/Tim Chong (SINGAPORE)
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February 08, 2009
People wait in a temple with "Paal Kavadi", or silver pots filled with milk, on their heads during the...
Singapore, Singapore
People wait in a temple with Paal Kavadi on their heads during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore
People wait in a temple with "Paal Kavadi", or silver pots filled with milk, on their heads during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore February 8, 2009. Thaipusam, a Hindu festival observed on the full moon day of the Tamil month of Thai, is celebrated in honour of Lord Muruga. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash (SINGAPORE)
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February 08, 2009
A man carries a spike "Kavadi", a metal frame suspended from his body using hooks and skewers pierced...
Singapore, Singapore
A man carries a spike "Kavadi" during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore
A man carries a spike "Kavadi", a metal frame suspended from his body using hooks and skewers pierced into the skin, during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore February 8, 2009. Thaipusam, a Hindu festival observed on the full moon day of the Tamil month of Thai, is celebrated in honour of Lord Muruga. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash (SINGAPORE)
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February 08, 2009
Hindu devotees make their pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam festival in Kuala...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hindu devotees make their pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam festival in Kuala...
Hindu devotees make their pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam festival in Kuala Lumpur on February 8, 2009. Thaipusam, a Hindu festival observed on the full moon day of the Tamil month of Thai, is celebrated in honour of Lord Muruga. REUTERS/Zainal Abd Halim (MALAYSIA)
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February 08, 2009
A Hindu devotee pours milk on himself before beginning his pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves temple...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A Hindu devotee pours milk on himself before beginning his pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves temple...
A Hindu devotee pours milk on himself before beginning his pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam festival in Kuala Lumpur February 8, 2009. Thaipusam, a Hindu festival observed on the full moon day of the Tamil month of Thai, is celebrated in honour of Lord Muruga. REUTERS/Zainal Abd Halim (MALAYSIA)
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February 08, 2009
The family of a Hindu devotee pray before beginning her pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves temple during...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The family of Hindu devotee pray before beginning her pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves temple during...
The family of a Hindu devotee pray before beginning her pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam festival in Kuala Lumpur on February 8, 2009. Thaipusam, a Hindu festival observed on the full moon day of the Tamil month of Thai, is celebrated in honour of Lord Muruga. REUTERS/Zainal Abd Halim (MALAYSIA)
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February 08, 2009
A Hindu devotee takes a special shower before beginning his pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves temple...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A Hindu devotee takes a special shower before beginning his pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves temple...
A Hindu devotee takes a special shower before beginning his pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam festival in Kuala Lumpur February 8, 2009. Thaipusam, a Hindu festival observed on the full moon day of the Tamil month of Thai, is celebrated in honour of Lord Muruga. REUTERS/Zainal Abd Halim (MALAYSIA)
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February 07, 2009
Hindu devotees wait for the arrival of the silver chariot carrying a statue of Lord Murugan during a...
multiple cities, Malaysia
Hindu devotees wait for arrival of silver chariot carrying statue of Lord Murugan in Kuala Lumpur
Hindu devotees wait for the arrival of the silver chariot carrying a statue of Lord Murugan during a 10-km (6.2 miles) procession through downtown Kuala Lumpur to Batu Caves temple, marking the beginning of the Thaipusam festival, February 7, 2009. The capital of Malaysia - where 10 percent of the population are ethnic Indians - was filled with prayers and mantra chants of the devotees, who took part in the procession to fulfil vows made previously. Devotees observe a rigorous regiment of spirituality in the month-long run up to Thaipusam, including a dawn-to-dusk fast and a vegetarian diet. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA)
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January 22, 2008
Hooks to pull a "kavadi",a kind of portable altar, are skewered to the back of a Hindu devotee as he...
Singapore, Singapore
Hooks to pull a "kavadi",a kind of portable altar, are skewered to the back of a Hindu devotee as he...
Hooks to pull a "kavadi",a kind of portable altar, are skewered to the back of a Hindu devotee as he prepares for the Thaipusam procession at the Sri Srivinasa Perumal Temple in Singapore January 22, 2008. Thaipusam, a Hindu festival observed on the full moon day of the Tamil month of Thai, is celebrated in honour of Lord Muruga. REUTERS/Matthew Lee (SINGAPORE)
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January 22, 2008
A Hindu devotee has his chest pierced with skewers as he prepares for the Thaipusam procession at the...
Singapore, Singapore
A Hindu devotee has his chest pierced with skewers before the Thaipusam procession in Singapore
A Hindu devotee has his chest pierced with skewers as he prepares for the Thaipusam procession at the Sri Srivinasa Perumal Temple in Singapore January 22, 2008. Thaipusam, a Hindu festival observed on the full moon day of the Tamil month of Thai, is celebrated in honour of Lord Muruga. REUTERS/Pablo Sanchez(SINGAPORE)
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January 22, 2008
Melvin Ho, 49, has his cheeks pierced with a skewer as he prepares for the Thaipusam procession in the...
Singapore, Singapore
Melvin Ho has his cheeks pierced with a skewer as he prepares for Thaipusam procession in Singapore
Melvin Ho, 49, has his cheeks pierced with a skewer as he prepares for the Thaipusam procession in the Sri Srivinasa Perumal Temple in Singapore January 22, 2008. Thaipusam, a Hindu festival observed on the full moon day of the Tamil month of Thai, is celebrated in honour of Lord Muruga. REUTERS/Sulastri Osman (SINGAPORE)
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February 01, 2007
Friends of a Hindu devotee, who has metal hooks attached to him, pull him up before a procession as part...
Singapore, Singapore
Friends of a Hindu devotee, who has metal hooks attached to him, pull him up before a procession as part...
Friends of a Hindu devotee, who has metal hooks attached to him, pull him up before a procession as part of the Thaipusam festival in Singapore February 1, 2007. Hindus in Singapore mark the festival on Thursday with various rituals of penance and thanksgiving, including shaving their hair and piercing various parts of their bodies. REUTERS/Tim Chong (SINGAPORE)
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Hindus Celebrate Thaipusam Festival - 01 Feb 2007
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