THAIPUSAM 2014

A young devotee walking up the stairs to perform their religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

A young devotee walking up the stairs to perform their religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

A Hindu devotee restrained with hooks pierced through his back, make their way towards the Batu Caves to perform their religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

A Hindu devotee restrained with hooks pierced through his back, make their way towards the Batu Caves to perform their religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

Hindu devotees carries a milk pot on her head to perform their religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

Hindu devotees carries a milk pot on her head to perform their religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

A young devotee drank the milk after perform their religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

A young devotee drank the milk after perform their religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

Hindu devotee perform their religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

Hindu devotee perform their religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

A Hindu devotee restrained with hooks pierced through his back, make their way towards the Batu Caves to perform their religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

A Hindu devotee restrained with hooks pierced through his back, make their way towards the Batu Caves to perform their religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

A Hindu devotee get their head shave to perform their religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

A Hindu devotee get their head shave to perform their religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

Hindu devotees perform their religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

Hindu devotees perform their religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

Hindu devotees carries a milk pot on her head to perform their religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

Hindu devotees carries a milk pot on her head to perform their religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

Hindu devotees make their way towards the Batu Caves to perform their religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

Hindu devotees make their way towards the Batu Caves to perform their religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

Hindu devotees carries a milk pot on her head to perform their religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

Hindu devotees carries a milk pot on her head to perform their religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

A Hindu devotee restrained with hooks pierced through his back, make their way towards the Batu Caves to perform their religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

A Hindu devotee restrained with hooks pierced through his back, make their way towards the Batu Caves to perform their religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

A Hindu devotee restrained with hooks pierced through his body, make their way towards the Batu Caves to perform their religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

A Hindu devotee restrained with hooks pierced through his body, make their way towards the Batu Caves to perform their religious rites during the Thaipusam festival at the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia and Singapore. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

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