Thaipusam – A Monochrome Photo Essay

I walked home late last night and couldn’t help noticing the bright full moon in the sky. Thaipusam is not a public holiday in Singapore (it is in Malaysia). But this year Thaipusam falls on Sunday. The procession starts from Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple at Serangoon Road and ends at Sri Thendayuthapani Temple, Tank Road.

Inside Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, intense chantings of religious hymns fill the air as sandalwood scent swirls around the temple. With the support of friends and family, devotees get ready to mount the kavadi and carry out their vows. This being orderly Singapore, every spike and spear is tagged for inspection by the officials upon the dismantling of the kavadi. But quite apart from that, the atmosphere – especially inside the temple – is indescribable.

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My favourite photo is that of a mother and daughter: right before the photo was taken, the woman was lovingly putting a dot on her daughter’s forehead before putting one on her own forehead. The shenai instrument player(second one)’s focused intensity was mesmerising to watch.


2 thoughts on “Thaipusam – A Monochrome Photo Essay

  1. jem

    I truly envy your ability to enjoy everyday scenes.

    Travel has influenced me in different ways – and one of it is the constant need to find new experiences. Not so much getting something new out of the old


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