At the arrival hall in Batu Caves, Selangor
Prayer session seeking blessing from Lord Muruga
Just before the tunnel at Genting Sempah, Karak Highway
Lunch on 1st day - still fresh after 30km walk all the way uphill
Was spotted by the reported from China Press who was impressed that non Hindu are taking part in the pilgrimage walk. Reported in China Press Daily
We decided to join the band-wagon when 'attacked' by the blazing sun to the rest area which is 5km away
Uncle Shunmugan - the priest who is 80 years old has been taking part for the past 32 years. due to his old age and health condition, he still managed to complete more than 120km on foot, truly amazing and put many young ones to shame.
Banana leaf rice for dinner - sponsored by the temple committee in respective rest area.
Having lunch in a temple in Mentakab
Hi Doc, can you see my 'pregnant' toe? And another one on my heel, too! (seeking medical treament for blisters. if you don't have blister, you have not walk the walk!)
The long winding road to Jengka town
We decided to quit lunch after a short break in Jengka and start the journey on foot at 11.00am to reach our final destination without taking the truck by 4pm. Its another long blazing hot journey of more than 23km! With burns, blisters, aching muscles & joints, lacking of sleep and walking on the tar road under blazing hot sun is definitely not an easy feat even to an elite athlete! In my 4 years experience, not more than 10% of the devotees are able to complete this last stretch of the journey on foot. We are glad to make it on time without being put on the sweeper truck.
A group photo before the final journey
Preparing the milk pot for the devotees
Cleansing themselves at the nearby river
Some of the devotees before the procession
Prayer and blessing
Seeking blessing fron the priest after the cleansing ceremony
Our group had the biggest number of devotees walking from Bt Caves to Maran, Kuantan to seek blessing from Lord Muruga
Tho' Wai Mun and myself are non-Hindu, we didn't want to be left out from this from this event which is steep in culture and color. Its not an easy task to walk barefooted for 2 km under hot sun and burning tar road