Thaipusam, God and passion

PhotographerVisithra Manikam
Entry Description

Thaipusam is the biggest festival in Malaysia. While I have been visiting it annually since I was a kid, I began photographing the festival in 2005 as I began seriously learning photography. This was my 11th year photographing it. Thaipusam is a hindu celebration in honour of Lord Muruga. Devotees fast weeks before they carry a kavadi and pierce their bodies with hooks and spears. Spurred by the chants of vel! vel! they dance to the sounds of the urumi melam. this series aims to showcase the intensity of the festival.