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THAIPUSAM FESTIVAL


ABOUT THAIPUSAM


The word Thaipusam is a combination of the name of the month, Thai, and the name of a star, Pusam. This particular star is at its highest point during the festival. Thaipusam is celebrated on the full moon day in the Tamil month of “Thai”.

Thaipusam is a thanksgiving festival that involves asceticism and control over one’s senses. It is a day for devotees to celebrate the fulfilment of their vows.

In Singapore, this religious festival attracts thousands of Hindu devotees who fulfil their vows through a 4km walk from the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple (SSPT) to the Sri Thendayuthapani Temple (STT).

Thaipusam in Singapore

The activities associated with Thaipusam festival last for two days at the Sri Thendayuthapani Temple and at the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple.




1st Day (Eve of Thaipusam)

The main event of the day before Thaipusam is a chariot procession in which Sri Murugan leaves the Sri Thendayuthapani Temple for a day's visit to His brother Sri Vinayagar at Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple (Keong Saik Road).

One of the most important places where the chariot makes a stop is at Sri Mariamman Temple (South Bridge Road). Sri Murugan is said to greet the Goddess within, as She is a manifestation of Goddess Parvathi, His mother. The chariot continues to its destination at the Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple where Sri Murugan is ceremonially carried from the chariot and installed inside the temple.

In the evening, the chariot with Sri Murugan returns back to the Thendayuthapani Temple and members of the Chettiar community carry kavadis and this is often referred to as "Chetty Poosam".

2nd Day (Thaipusam Day )

Activities on the second day, start very early in the morning. Prayers are conducted and just after midnight, the first group of devotees carrying milk pot offerings leave for Sri Thendayuthapani Temple.

Other devotees carrying kavadis start their preparation and leave the temple soon after. There is a constant stream of devotees making their way with offerings until 7.00pm in the evening.

Thousands of devotees make their way through the prescribed route to the Sri Thendayuthapani Temple. On their arrival at the centre aisle of the main sanctum, they present their milk pots. Milk offered by devotees are collected and poured over the Vel. Devotees who complete their vows will receive sacred ash.

 

 

Information to Devotees


The comfort and safety of devotees are of primary concern at a festival like Thaipusam. Devotees are advised to move along the procession route at a steady pace and comply with directions given by volunteer route marshals. Devotees are kindly advised to follow traffic rules when on the streets and help maintain public order.

Points to Note

  • Annathanam will also be available on the day of Thaipusam between 12.00pm and 3.00pm at STT.
  • Advisories for the playing of music and musical instruments enroute will be made available at a later date, closer to the event. Please look out for these advisories in the media and at www.thaipusam.sg.
  • Participation Details

  • Devotees are encouraged to be attired appropriately. Painting of faces or bodies and wearing any form of disguise is not in keeping with Thaipusam practices.
  • Anyone below the age of 16 years is only allowed to carry a Paal Kudam or a Paal Kavadi. Piercing of hooks and spikes for persons below the age of 16 years is not allowed.
  • Participants carrying any form of Kavadi are requested to assemble and dismantle their Kavadis at the designated areas at SSPT and STT respectively.
  • All Spike and Chariot Kavadis leaving SSPT will be tagged by temple officials and the tag must be retained until it is removed by temple officials at STT.
  • Every Spike or Chariot Kavadi bearer accompanied by an entourage, shall nominate one adult (above 21 years old) from that entourage as the Kavadi Representative to act as liaison with the Temples in case of an emergency. Kavadi bearers and the representatives would be required to sign an acknowledgement at the time of purchasing participation tickets.
  • Kavadi bearers are requested to attend the Thaipusam briefing on Sunday, 13 Jan 2019, 10:30am at PGP Hall.
  • Head Shaving Details

  • The following arrangements for devotees to fulfill their “Head Shaving” vows will be made at the vicinity of Teochew Building (next to STT).
    Date Time Participants
    11/01/2019 to 19/01/2019 7.00am to 11.00am & 4.00pm to 8.00pm All Devotees
    20/01/2019 7.00am to 11.00am only All Devotees
    21/01/2019 7.00am to 11.00am and 4.00pm to 8.00pm For children only
  • Important Note

  • After the first few batches of Paal Kudam devotees leave SSPT by 2.30am on 21.1.2019, there will be a quick clean-up of the temple grounds.
  • Devotees are requested to clear their used prayer materials before they leave SSPT in consideration of the next group of devotees who will need the space to prepare their kavadis. Likewise, devotees completing their vows at STT are requested to keep the temple premises free of litter.
  • At SSPT, teams of piercers will be stationed to assist devotees with piercing services as well as help with putting on a Kavadi. For assistance with piercing, please approach the SSPT office to enquire about this free service on Thaipusam day.
  • Devotees are advised not to consume alcoholic beverages and/or smoke during the Thaipusam procession.
  • Kavadi bearers who complete their vows and are coming out of STT will be shown to available slots within the dismantling area to remove their kavadis. Once a Kavadi has been dismantled, the Kavadi representative needs to provide the registration counter (located within the dismantling area at STT) with the following info:
    - Kavadi bearer's particulars
    - Slot number occupied in dismantling area
    - The number plate of the vehicle that will pick up the dismantled kavadi
    A vehicle will only be allowed into the loading area at STT when a Kavadi bearer's dismantled Kavadi is ready for loading.
  • Devotees carrying paal kudams, paal kavadis and thottil kavadis to enter SSPT via Perumal Road.
  • Devotees carrying spike/chariot kavadis are to enter via Lavender Street-Balestier Road to Race Course Road and reach Gate 2 of SSPT for unloading kavadis.
  • Race Course Road will be closed to all traffic and only be opened for spike/chariot kavadis to access SSPT Gate 2 from 3.00 am (21.01.2019) onwards. Thus, any spike/ chariot kavadis arriving earlier will be unable to enter into Race Course Road and the Temple until the road is re-opened to traffic from 3.00am.
  • The morning (AM) spike/chariot kavadis are to enter SSPT via Gate 2 between 3.00 am and 9.00 am on 21.01.2019 and leave SSPT by 12 Noon the same day.
  • The afternoon (PM) spike/chariot kavadis are to enter SSPT via Gate 2 between 9.00 am and 3.00 pm on 21.01.2019 and leave SSPT by 5.00 pm the same day.
  • Kavadis arriving at SSPT Gate 2 after 3.00 pm will not be allowed access into SSPT.
  • PM Kavadis must leave SSPT by 5.00 pm and reach STT by 11.00 pm.
  • Devotees performing vows are encouraged to arrive and leave the temple by the stipulated times given to prevent congestion and delay to the procession. With the procession running for almost a whole day, there is ample time for devotees to complete their respective vows.
  • Information on Thaipusam can be found on the website www.thaipusam.sg. Devotees can share their suggestions and views via the feedback channel on this website.
  • Devotees with medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes or asthma and those who may have undergone treatment for heart conditions are kindly requested to refrain from strenuous kavadi penances. We kindly request you to seek the advice of your doctor on this matter.

Ticket Sales

Tickets for Thaipusam-related services can be purchased at the times & locations listed below.

Type of Service Cost Place To Purchase Ticket Time Date
Paal Kudam $15 SSPT/ STT 8.00am to 12 noon
5.00pm to 8.30pm
12/12/2018 to 21/01/2019
Paal Kavadi $30 SSPT/ STT 8.00am to 12 noon
5.00pm to 8.30pm
12/12/2018 to 21/01/2019
Thottil Kavadi $30 SSPT/ STT 8.00am to 12 noon
5.00pm to 8.30pm
12/12/2018 to 21/01/2019
Ratha (Chariot) Kavadi $75 SSPT/ STT


ONLY AT SSPT
5.00pm to 8.30pm


5.00pm to 8.30pm
12/12/2018 to 18/01/2019


19/01/2019 to 20/01/2019
Alagu (Spike) Kavadi (AM only) $75 SSPT/ STT


ONLY AT SSPT
8.00am to 12 noon
5.00pm to 8.30pm

8.00am to 12 noon
5.00pm to 8.30pm
12/12/2018 to 18/01/2019


19/01/2019 to 20/01/2019

Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple (SSPT) / Sri ThendayuthapaniTemple (STT)

Paal Kudam participants will be issued 2 pieces of numbered stickers. They are requested to place one of the stickers on their Paal Kudam and produce the other to collect their Kudam after the Paal Abishegam at STT.

Procession Route

Contact Us

  • Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple (SSPT)
    397 Serangoon Road
    Singapore, 218123
  • Call Us
    6298 5771
  • Email Us
    sspt@heb.org.sg
  • Sri Thendayuthapani Temple (STT)
    15 Tank Road
    Singapore, 238065
  • Call Us
    6737 9393
  • Email Us
    office@sttemple.com

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