This post is from last year, republished it. The festival is going on now, people interested do stop by this temple.
We visit this temple very often, probably once every week – this Shri Kandaswamy temple which is located on Jalan Scott, Kuala Lumpur (Brickfields) is run by Malaysian Tamils of Sri Lankan origin. I must applaud them for doing such a wonderful job in maintaining the temple and also conducting rituals and festivals in a very well-organised manner.
The presiding deity at this temple is Lord Murugan with his consorts, Valli and Deivanai. There are other deities as well in the temple – Lord Ganesha, Goddess Rajarajeshwari, Shani Bhagawan (Lord Saturn), the Navagraham (9 planets), Bhairavar and the Utsav Murthis of Lord Muruga (the ones that are taken out on procession)
Every year, they conduct this festival and have a line up of events every day in the month of Aadi (around mid july to mid august). We werent aware of this event and it was indeed a pleasant surprise to see the Lord and his consorts come out in procession. He was accompanied by ladies who had mud pots on their heads with burning camphor. A ritual usually conducted during this festival and is called Karpoora Thiruvizha (Camphor festival). This event happened around two weeks back.
I personally do not like to photograph inside the temple, so posting a couple of them taken outside, during the procession.
For us, it is indeed very emotionally overwhelming to see so many people religiously follow tradition, miles away from their motherland. Hats off to the community for whatever work they are doing, be it temple maintenance or festivals and rituals.
You can read more about the temple here