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LUNAR ECLIPSE ON THAIPUSAM DAY


On 31 January 2018, Thaipusam day, there is a lunar eclipse (chandra grahanam). Hindu temples in Singapore will close early due to the eclipse.

As there is a lunar eclipse on Thaipusam day (31/01/2018), the Thaipusam procession will start earlier at SSPT on the eve (30 January 2018) from 9.30 pm. Doors to STT will open at 10.31pm (30 January 2018).

All devotees have to complete their walk/ vows and reach STT by 6.30pm on Thaipusam day as no religious and milk offerings can be made during a lunar eclipse.


Eclipse

Solar and Lunar eclipses are very significant in Hinduism. Historically, Hindu temples where a Solar or Lunar eclipse can be witnessed, will remain closed during the period of the eclipse. During an eclipse, light and energy from the sun or moon are blocked and cannot reach the earth. Eclipses are therefore considered inauspicious and Hindu temples are closed. Arulmigu Thendayuthapani Swamy Thirukovil (Palani) and religious experts were consulted regarding the above information.

Eclipse Timing on 31 January 2018

Lunar eclipses look approximately the same all over the world and happen at the same time. The times displayed are accurate to around 2-3 seconds.

Event UTC Time Time in Singapore Visible in Singapore
Penumbral Eclipse begins 31 Jan, 10:51:13 31 Jan, 18:51:13 No, below horizon*
Partial Eclipse begins 31 Jan, 11:48:27 31 Jan, 19:48:27 Yes
Full Eclipse begins 31 Jan, 12:51:47 31 Jan, 20:51:47 Yes
Maximum Eclipse 31 Jan, 13:29:51 31 Jan, 21:29:51 Yes
Full Eclipse ends 31 Jan, 14:07:51 31 Jan, 22:07:51 Yes
Partial Eclipse ends 31 Jan, 15:11:11 31 Jan, 23:11:11 Yes
Penumbral Eclipse ends 31 Jan, 16:08:29 1 Feb, 00:08:29 Yes
  • The Moon is below the horizon in Singapore some of the time, so that part of the eclipse is not visible. (Source: www.timeanddate.com)
  • Hindu Almanacs (panchangams) confirm the above information.

 

Information to Devotees


The comfort and safety of devotees are of primary concern at a festival like Thaipusam, which takes devotees from one temple to another through busy streets. Therefore, 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

  • Free food and drinks will be distributed to all devotees at SSPT on the eve and actual day of Thaipusam. Annathanam will also be available on the day of Thaipusam between 12.15pm and 3.00pm at STT.
  • Kavadi bearers engaging musical parties are kindly reminded that the playing of musical instruments should only be confined to within the grounds of Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple. Special provisions have been made along the procession route for LIVE and transmitted music.
  • There are 3 LIVE music points and 19 music transmission points playing Kavadi songs along the procession route. Live music points operate from 8.00am to 5.oopm on Thaipusam day. Most tranmission music points are operational from 8.00am to 5.00pm. With music provided by the organisers at the two temples and all along the procession route, kavadi bearers need not engage and pay for additional musicians to accompany them on the walk.
  • 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 and one representative should attend at least one Thaipusam briefing organised by SSPT. Briefings for Kavadi bearers on Thursday, 4 January 2018 and Saturday, 6 January 2018 at 7.00pm on both days. (Venue: PGP Hall, Auditorium Level 2, 397 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218123)
  • Devotees performing vows are encouraged to arrive and leave the temple by the stipulated times given in the table below to prevent congestion and delay to the procession. With the changes to timings and early start on the eve, there is ample time for devotees to complete their various vows. All devotees, especially Kavadi bearers, must leave SSPT by 1.00pm on Thaipusam day.
  • There are only AM Kavadis as the last kavadi has to reach STT before 6.30pm. There are 3 slots allocated for Kavadi bearers:
    - 11.00pm (30/01/2018) to 4.00am (31/01/2018)
    - 4.00am to 8.00am (31/01/2018)
    - 8.00am to 1.00pm (31/01/2018)
  • Devotees are requested to enter and leave SSPT for the Thaipusam procession as follows:
    Service Entering SSPT Leaving SSPT
    Paal Kudam 30/01/2018
    From 5.00pm
    30/01/2018
    From 9.30pm
    Paal Kavadi 30/01/2018
    From 5.00pm
    30/01/2018
    From 9.30pm
    Thottil Kavadi 30/01/2018
    From 11.00pm
    31/01/2018
    Latest by 1.00pm
    Ratha (Chariot) Kavadi 11.00pm (30/01/2018) to 4.00am (31/01/2018)
    4.00am to 8.00am (31/01/2018)
    8.00am to 1.00pm (31/01/2018)
    31/01/2018
    Latest by 1.00pm
    Alagu (Spike) Kavadi – AM only (3 timings) 11.00pm (30/01/2018) to 4.00am (31/01/2018)
    4.00am to 8.00am (31/01/2018)
    8.00am to 1.00pm (31/01/2018)
    31/01/2018
    Last kavadi to leave SSPT by 1.00pm
  • 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
    21/01/2018 to 29/01/2018 7.00am to 11.00am & 4.00pm to 8.00pm All Devotees
    30/01/2018 7.00am to 11.00am only All Devotees
    31/01/2018 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 from 9.30pm on the eve of Thaipusam, there will be a quick clean-up of the temple grounds.
  • Devotees are required to clear their used prayer materials before they leave SSPT to join the procession. 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 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 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
14/12/2017 to 29/01/2018
Paal Kavadi $30 SSPT/ STT 8.00am to 12 noon
5.00pm to 8.30pm
14/12/2017 to 29/01/2018
Thottil Kavadi $30 SSPT/ STT 8.00am to 12 noon
5.00pm to 8.30pm
14/12/2017 to 29/01/2018
Ratha (Chariot) Kavadi $75 SSPT/ STT


ONLY AT SSPT
5.00pm to 8.30pm


5.00pm to 8.30pm
14/12/2017 to 27/01/2018


28/01/2018 to 29/01/2018
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
14/12/2017 to 29/01/2018


28/01/2018 to 29/01/2018

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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