Thaipusam festival kicks off with annual chariot procession
Published:  Jan 26, 2002 11:30 PM
Updated: Jan 29, 2008 10:21 AM

(AFP) The annual celebration of the Thaipusam festival began before dawn today with a chariot procession from Kuala Lumpur.

The silver chariot, which bore the images of Lord Muruga and his consorts, made its 20km journey from the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in the city to the Batu Caves hilltop shrine.

Several thousand devotees joined in the colourful procession. which was accompanied by loud music and prayers.

The heavily decorated chariot passed through many of the city's major roads.

Massive crowd expected

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