This photograph shows kavadis being carried by members of the Chettiar Community, outside the Sri Mariamman Temple in Chinatown, one day prior to Thaipusam. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community during a full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (Jan/Feb). The kavadi comes in various shapes and sizes, of which the kavadis carried by two bearers are the Vel Kavadis. It is a portable altar, decorated with peacock feathers and attached to the devotee through spikes pierced into the skin, on the chest and back. Photograph donated by Heng Ngian Phuan and displayed at the Heritage Roadshow 2008. HRS3_651. Title devised by Library staff.
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This digital copy © National Library Board Singapore 2008. The original work © Heng Ngian Phuan.