In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Thaipusam festival was celebrated on a grand scale across the country on 5th February after two years of muted celebrations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Sri Subramaniar Swamy Mandir in Batu Caves was a sea of people, with thousands of devotees carrying ‘kavadi’ and ‘paal kudam’ (milk offerings) to pay homage to Bhagwan Murugan.
Around 150,000 Hindus thronged at Sri Subramaniar Swamy Mandir in Kuala Selangor. In Negri Sembilan, George Town, Perak and other mandirs premises thousands of devotees visited for the celebrations. The annual Hindu festival of Thaipusam is traditionally celebrated with great fanfare by Hindus in Singapore. Thousands of people gathered to witness the devotees walking a 3.2 km route between two major Bhagwan Murugan mandirs.