Thaipusam Festival Malaysia

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A devotee carries his 'Kavadi' up the 272 steps to the entrance of... News PhotoBatu Caves,Carrying,Cultures,Entrance,Horizontal,Human Interest,Loyalty,Malaysia,Parade,ThaipusamPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesBATU CAVES, MALAYSIA - JANUARY 27: A devotee carries his 'Kavadi' up the 272 steps to the entrance of the Batu Caves during the Thaipusam procession on January 27, 2013 in Batu Caves, Malaysia. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai. The festival marks the birthday of Lord Muruga and also commemorates the day Hindu Goddess Parvati gave her son a lance to defeat the evil demon Soorapadamwhen. The festival sees devotees carry milk pots to seek forgivness and some will carry a 'Kavadi' many of which are attached via, strings, hooks, and skews pierced into the carriers skin. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)