Saturday, February 4, 2012

Pongal Harvest Festival 丰收节 6 of 10 ...


Pongal Harvest Festival 
丰收节
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In celebration of the Pongal Festival, 
which is thanks giving back to the mother earth for a good harvest;
there is a concurrent festival called the Makara Sangkrathi, 
which is a celebrattion for Lord Ayyappa 
(a symbol of religious unity and communal harmony) 
in Sabarimala, India.
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 What the men carrying on their heads are called Irumudi.
Only men that had observed the necessary fasting 
are allowed to carry one.
The content of the Irumudi includes articles for offerings as well
as the pilgrims personal requirements for the journey.
In India, the pilgrimage is about 65 km from 
Kottayam to Sabarimala
which will take 2 - 4 days depending on the individual.
...
Of course, in KL Batu Caves the pilgrimage is 
also observed in the proper manner but the pilgrimage 
journey a shorter journey from one temple to another temple
within Batu Caves 
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Pongal Harvest Festival 丰收节 ...

Pongal Harvest Festival 丰收节 ...

Pongal Harvest Festival 丰收节 ...

Pongal Harvest Festival 丰收节 ...

Batu Caves
Kuala Lumpur


17 comments:

darlin said...

Wong I feel as though I was amongst the people, walking along. Your shots are amazing and I enjoyed the information you shared, it's a sacred journey and you show the utmost respect the way you shared this. Thank you.

TexWisGirl said...

wow, amazing photos and traditions.

Rosanna Maisch said...

Oh. fantastischer Einblick in eine ebensolche Tradition. Sehr gute Fotografien-

Liebe Grüsse

Rosanna

Joop Zand said...

Thanks for these very nice pictures, must be a good place for photographers.

Greetings, Joop

Massimo said...

again wonderful shots...
you can't imagine how much I'd like to be in that steps... just magic...
compliments.
ciao

Eyeliquor said...

Awesome Photo Of The Batu Caves!

Filip Demuinck said...

Like the straincase. Again people are not laughing.

Greetings,
Filip

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

You're capturing of India is perfect. It brings back many memories of the festivals we saw when waiting to adopt a little orphaned girl from there. She died before we could get her to America. But we have many photos of her and cherish her memory as if she were part of our family. Have a good weekend, Wong.

Karin M. said...

... great photos ...thanks for sharing...
Greeting Karin

Robert Geiss said...

One feels the ancient tradition to this. What an adventure. Thank you for this glimpse into a different universe very much !

Please have you all a good weekend.

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Fantastic shots. What a great event to photograph!

Darryl and Ruth :)

Randy said...

These are amazing.

George said...

These are marvelous photos of the festival. Your entire series has been wonderful.

Claudia said...

Wonderful images! An impressive reportage.

Greetings.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images.

bilsot said...

Please, have a pray
for the good of Greece
and the Greeks too!!!
Time has come to save
both from the coming END !
Basilis.

La sonrisa de Hiperión said...

Las fotos, han quedado, simplemente espectaculares...

Saludos y buen fin de semana.