During Thaipusam, over a million Hindu devotees throng Batu Caves, climbing a 272-step stairs up to the mouth of the caves to visit the shrine of Lord Muruga within. Many of these devotees will carry a physical burden – called a kavadi – as an act of penance.
The kavadi porters are the ones tacitly tailing their employers, making sure the kavadi is well balanced and the pilgrim bearing it comfortable. And at the end of the journey, kavadi porters mount the kavadi on their own shoulders and take the pilgrimage in reverse – they need to carry the kavadi back down on behalf of their employers. They repeat this pilgrimage up to 10 times over Thaipusam season.
Ahead of Thaipusam, these porters often undertake similar spiritual preparations as the pilgrims themselves – including fasting 48 days in advance, and meditating regularly. It’s as much an act of devotion as it is employment.
The Men Who Carry Thaipusam
During #Thaipusam, most people are fascinated by the pilgrims' extraordinary acts of devotion in carrying their giant kavadis – physical burdens – up the 272-steps to the temple at Batu Caves.Kavadi porters, however, make that same trip, carrying the kavadi back to where the pilgrimage began all on their own, as often as five times a day. Read the full story at http://rage.com.my/thaipusam.Please watch, like, share and comment! We'd love to hear what you guys think.Posted by R.AGE on Wednesday, February 17, 2016
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