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Thaipusam Festival: Under the spell of the ‘Vel’

Thaipusam Festival: Under the spell of the ‘Vel’

To a westerner, some of the forms of ‘kavadi’ followed by the devotees of Lord Murugan to gain his his favour may seem ‘extreme’ due to physical nature of the practices, says Catherine McMaster, who was witness to the Thaipusam festivities at Thiruparankundram, one of the six main abodes of the god.

Text and photos: Catherine McMaster
Australia

Publication: Madurai Messenger, February 2014

Catherine McMaster
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