Friday January 25, 2013
Barbers having a busy time
By LOSHANA K SHAGAR
GOMBAK: Barbers at the Batu Caves temple complex are having a busy time shaving the heads of devotees who have arrived here to honour their vows to Lord Murugan for Thaipusam.
At the riverbank opposite the temple complex, a group of barbers stood behind a row of chairs, attending to the devotees before they began their prayers.
“I started work here two days ago and ever since then, I have attended to over 100 customers. I am hoping to pass the 300 customers mark by the end of the festival,” said barber N. Raman, who works at a shop nearby.
Another barber S. Subramani said that even though Thaipusam was only on Sunday, people were already coming to fulfil their vows.
“Maybe they wish to avoid the massive crowd on the day itself. We are expecting busier days in the run-up to Thaipusam,” he said.
Thaipusam is celebrated to honour the birthday of Lord Murugan and Hindu devotees fulfil their vows by carrying kavadi and palkudam (milk pots) up 272 steps to the Temple Cave.
Tens of thousands turned up at the temple complex yesterday to honour their vows, while stalls were already busy selling pooja (prayer) necessities, sweetmeats and other items.
Among the many devotees who had their heads shaved were Syabas pump operator V. Sundaraj and his five children.
“We have been doing this for years and my children always join me as we like to do things together as a family,” he said.