It was Thaipusam on Sunday. It has always been an interesting event to photograph. The people from AsiaShutter and Flickr even decided to go there from 4am to avoid the crowd and get a parking space. Too bad I'm not an early bird. I went there at 4pm instead.
Anyway, it was still super crowded. I didn't even go up the stairs. But instead, I went to the area beside the river where they all start the procession.
First, by a bath by the river. Clean water was provided, though some people still used the icky river.
Followed by some prayer and offerings.
Then some people go into a trance.
Then they put on the kavadi and/or pierce their tongues or put hooks on their bodies.
And then the procession starts. They will walk from here right up the stairs into the main temple. Some will stop and dance along the way, all still in a trance-like state.
Even children can do this for the Gods.
And after all is done, you can quench your thirst from here: