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タイプーサム Thaipusam (Hindu festival)

Jan 30, 2018


ヒンズー教の神ムルガン(Lord Murugan)への忠誠心、信仰心を表すために、信者はムルガン像を祀る大きな神輿を担いで参拝します。この巡礼の行進はペナンのジョージタウンのヒンズー教のMaha Mariamman 寺院(写真上、金の神輿のスタート地点)とKovil Veedu寺院(銀の神輿のスタート地点)から、植物園の近くにあるArulmigu Balathandayuthapani寺院までの約6.5キロを行きます。








Thaipusam is a three day Hindu festival this year (usually a two day festival). It is celebrated during the full moon of the 10th month in the Hindu calendar. This is normally during the last week of January or the beginning of February. Thaipusam is a combination of the name of the month, Thai, and the name of a star, Pusam, which is at its highest point during the festival. It commemorates the occasion when Parvati (the Hindu goddess of fertility, love, devotion, divine strength and power) gave Murugan (the universal granter of wishes) a spear - the vel - so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman. So at Thaipusam devotees pray to Murugan to receive his grace and favours and to make penance.

Today was the first day of the festival. A pilgrimage procession took place to bring the statue of Lord Murugan on a silver chariot led by more than 60 kavadis (burdens) from the Kovil Veedu on Lebuh Penang, Little India, to the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani temple atop the hill of Jalan Kebun Bunga. The chariot is pulled by two decorated bulls and coconut are smashed in front of it to cleanse the road. There is now also a golden chariot which carries Lord Murugan’s spear.

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