KUALA LUMPUR – A copy of the British Governor’s signed document prepared in 1891, allowing Batu Caves to be used to celebrate Thaipusam, is among a collection of interesting items on display at an exhibition to mark the 125th year of celebrations here this year.
In addition, about 200 photographs depicting the development of the celebration since that year have also been displayed at the week-long event.
MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel launched the event yesterday.
The Sri Maha Mariamman temple – responsible for hosting the annual Thaipusam event in Batu Caves – will supervise the exhibition.
Following the launch, temple secretary, R. T. Sundaram said the collections on display at the exhibition were contributed by the temple and the National Archives of Malaysia.
He said the exhibition would be open round-the-clock until Feb 4, adding that from Feb 5, it would be open from 9am to 9pm. Entrance is free.
A Bernama survey found that Batu Caves and its surrounding areas were thronged with locals and foreign tourists.
Food stalls have been set up while security personnel went about their duties in the vicinity.
According to Sundaram, among other attractions at this year’s Thaipusam celebrations will be the appearance of the ‘Silver Chariot’ which has been enlarged and refurbished this year, after being in use for more than three decades.
“The Silver Chariot, which will be used to carry Lord Murugan will lead a 12-km procession from the temple in Jalan Tun H. S. Lee to Batu Caves, followed by 200,000 participants,” he said.
He said the procession would begin at 10 tonight, and was expected to reach Batu Caves tomorrow at 2pm.
“After that, the flag will be raised at Batu Caves, marking the event’s official beginning,” he added.
Sundaram said 1.6 million people from throughout the world were expected to attend the event in Batu Caves this year. – BERNAMA