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Thaipusam Festival, Batu Caves 2015

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3 February 2015 | Murugan Temple, Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.

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Wikipedia: Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February).

The word Thaipusam is a combination of the name of the month, Thai, and the name of a star, Pusam. This particular star is at its highest point during the festival. The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel “spear” so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman.

Soorapadman (also known as Soorapadam), was an asura. He was the son of the rishi Kashyapa and an asura princess, Maya, who illusively enchanted Kashyapa into marrying her. He, and his two other brothers, were said to have received a boon from Lord Shiva that protected him from death in the hands of beings apart from a Being manifested from Lord Shiva Himself.

This, he believed would grant him immortality. As such, he began tormenting all the good souls of the universe. Enraged with his actions, Lord Siva is said to have created Lord Murugan (thus creating a new deity, who would be exempt from the boon) from the flames emanating from his Third Eye on his forehead (symbolizing the eye of wisdom). Receiving the vel (lance) from Lord Siva’s consort, Parvathi, Lord Murugan set forward to defeat Soorapadman.

On the fifth day of Kandha Sasthi, Soorapadman, comes to see Lord Murugan and is shown the Vishwaroopam. Only Soorapadman and Arjuna from the Mahabharata have seen a Vishwaroopam and are consided to be very lucky to have witnessed one. Having conceded defeat at the hands of Murugan, Soorapadman remembered that he was of the Asura clan, and as such he would not surrender.

As such he faced the son of Shiva nonetheless in battle and was defeated. As a last stand when all his illusions had failed him, Soorapadman became a mango tree in hope of escaping death at the hands of young Lord Kandha. His illusion was brought to light, when with the Sri Vel, Lord Murugan split the tree in two. One half became the peacock,that is Lord Murugan’s vahanam (vehicle) the other half became the cockerel that is on the Lord’s flag.

There is a misconception among people that Thaipusam marks Murugan’s birthday; however, it is believed that Vaikhasi Vishakam, which falls in the Vaikhasi month (May/June), is Murugan’s birthday.

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Photo-Essay: Speak Out Loud – Holocaust in GAZA

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by Authors: Mahfuz Jaffar

KUALA LUMPUR – Merdeka Square, 02 August 2014.

Thousands of Malaysians of various races thronged Dataran Merdeka here today to participate in “Save the Children of Gaza” peaceful-rally.

This rally was a message to the world that Malaysians totally rejected the Israel attack on Palestine.

As we know thousands of innocent Palestinians, mostly children and civilians, have been brutally killed. We want the Israeli attacks against the Palestinians stopped right now. And forever.!

Stop Genocide.!!!
Stop Apartheid.!!!
Stop Israeli Terror.!!!

Photo-Essay: Chow Kit Wet Market (Old Building)

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by Authors: Mahfuz Jaffar

Chow Kit Wet Market is also known as Pasar Raja Bot by locals opened since 1955 is the largest and oldest wet market in Kuala Lumpur.

It is located at Jalan Chow Kit (Chow Kit Road) off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman.

Chow Kit Wet Market is not a place for the faint-hearted, this place is intense. A wet market (for the uninitiated) is one where the ground is perpetually wet with running rivulets of water and ice, which is constantly being splashed on the fish and other foods to keep them fresh. The market is shaded by funky ceilings, sometimes draped with cloth and over-sized, colorful umbrellas.

It’s an olfactory overload at this lively and culturally-enriching market as you wind your way past rows and rows of packed stalls. Fresh produce, exotic fruits, tofu, an abundance of gorgeous chilies, bags of spices, piles of eggs and a staggering array of weird and wonderful things to eat. Then there are the meat stalls, with a variety of animals at every stage of the butchering process, and seafood, still in the tank or flapping on the table where you can get pretty up close and personal with your food here.

Photo-Essay: Jejantas Berbumbung

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oleh Pengarang: Rosli Natiman (Wak Li)

Jejantas berbumbung mula giat dibina dengan hasrat untuk mengurangkan kesesakan lalulintas di kotaraya Kuala Lumpur.

Salah satu prasarana ini telahpon berjaya mencapai sebahagian hasrat tersebut dengan terbinanya jejantas berbumbung merentasi tiga jalanraya yang sentiasa sibuk dengan kenderaan dan pejalankaki.

Bermula dari pertengahan tahun 2011 projek yang menelan belanja RM 14.2juta merangkumi jarak sepanjang 680meter yang bermula dari stesen Monorel Medan Tuanku hingga ke stesen Transit Aliran Ringan (LRT) Sultan Ismail merentasi tiga jalan iaitu jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Sultan Ismail dan Jalan Raja Laut.

Dengan terbinanya jejantas yang luas dan selesa ini sangat membantu pejalan kaki yang sering menggunakan jalan ini tanpa menghiraukan lagi masalah hujan, panas mentari dan juga kesukaran melintas jalan-jalan yang sibuk.