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Where & When To Follow The Silver Chariot

today16 January 2024



Photo by Kelvin Zyteng on Unsplash

We know that one of the key rituals during Thaipusam involves devotees carrying various types of burdens, or kavadi, as a form of penance and devotion to Lord Murugan.

While the chariot, or ratham, is not directly associated with the act of carrying kavadi, it plays a crucial role in the Thaipusam festivities. The chariot procession is a symbolic representation of the deity’s journey and is an integral part of Hindu religious traditions.

Devotees follow the chariot to express their devotion, seek blessings, and participate in the religious and cultural celebrations associated with Thaipusam.

The chariot usually carries the deity Lord Murugan, and followers believe that by being in close proximity to the divine procession, they can receive blessings, protection, and divine grace. It is a way for devotees to express their love and dedication to God while also participating in the communal…

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Written by: Lara Kramer

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