Pics: London West Ealing Shri Kanagathurkkai Amman Temple Chariot Procession for Thaipusam

DEVOTEES PAID TRIBUTE TO LORD MURUGAN BY CARRYING POTS OF MILK, PIERCING MOUTHS AND ROLLING ON TARMAC ON LONDON UXBRIDGE ROAD

Thousands of Hindu devotees from Sri Lanka and India participated in the chariot procession for annual Thaipusam Festival organised by West Ealing’s Shri Kanagathurkkai Amman Temple on Sunday, August 14th. Devotees rolled bare on Uxbridge road (shayana pradakshanam), carried pots of milk on heads and pierced spears (vel) around mouths to pay tribute to Lord Murugan.

Thaipusam festival marks the victory of legendary Lord Muguran against demon Soorapadam. The festival honours Murugan and his Vel – divine spear he used for the war against Soorapadam.

The West Ealing Chariot Procession near Amman Temple saw devotees dressed traditionally. Some women carried auspicious pots of milk decorated with garlands, turmeric and holy leaves while some men rolled bare on the tarmac to pay their respects to the deity. Some other men pierced their mouths with sharp spears to pay tribute to Lord Murugan’s Vel. The event also included carrying deities on decorated carts and music using traditional Indian instruments such as Nadaswaram.

Devotee piercing mouth with spear - Vel - to mark victory of Lord Murugan

Devotee piercing mouth with spear – Vel – to mark victory of Lord Murugan
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Men rolling on tarmac on Uxbridge road, London to pay tribute to Lord Murugan for Thaipusam festival

Men rolling on tarmac on Uxbridge road, London to pay tribute to Lord Murugan for Thaipusam festival
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Chariot Procession for Thaipusam on London Uxbridge Road, West Ealing near popular Amman Temple

Chariot Procession for Thaipusam on London Uxbridge Road, West Ealing near popular Amman Temple
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 Women carrying pots of milk during the chariot procession celebrating auspicious Thaipusam

Women carrying pots of milk during the chariot procession celebrating auspicious Thaipusam
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