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At early in the morning, Hindu devotees prepares themselves near the river before their pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves temple during the Thaipusam festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysian Hindu devotees celebrate Thaipusam festival to commemorates both the birthday of Lord Murugan (also Subramaniam), the youngest son of Shiva and Parvati, and the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a vel (lance) so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman. During this celebration, Hindu devotees carrying kavadis and milk pots walk barefoot up the temple's 272 steps to fulfill their vows.

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At early in the morning, Hindu devotees prepares themselves near the river before their pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves temple during the Thaipusam festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysian Hindu devotees celebrate Thaipusam festival to commemorates both the birthday of Lord Murugan (also Subramaniam), the youngest son of Shiva and Parvati, and the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a vel (lance) so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman.  During this celebration, Hindu devotees carrying kavadis and milk pots walk barefoot up the temple's 272 steps to fulfill their vows.