Tomorrow, there will be thousands expected at Batu Caves for the annual Thaipusam celebration which will feature two procession chariots that will begin their journey from Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in the city to the Sri Subramaniar Temple in Batu Caves.
This RM6.7m golden chariot was made especially for the Vinayagar Chathurthi festival last year will be used this time around as well. The golden chariot will be carrying the idol of Lord Vinayagar while the silver chariots will be featuring Lord Muruga and his two consorts, Valli and Theivana.
Meanwhile, in Penang, devotees are expected to visit the Waterfall Hilltop temple in Jalan Kebun Buga to pay homage to Lord Muruga in a three-day long celebration and there will be a 124-year-old silver chariot bearing the statue of Lord Muruga that will make the journey from Kovil Veedu in Lebuh Penang to the hilltop temple.
The procession is planned to proceed despite the Malaysian Hindu Sangam urging Hindu temples against remaining open or performing rites during the hours of the lunar eclipse on Thaipusam Day, saying it clashes with Hindu beliefs.