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Mauritius: Thaipoosam Cavadee for Tamil of the island as sign of devotion to the god Muruga

After ten days of fasting for Thaipoosam Cavadee in honor of the Lord Muruga, several thousand Tamil faithful, body pierced with silver needles will this Tuesday, February 3, 2015 take their cavadee decorated with portico of flowers, foliage and icons in honor of the deity.
The penitents also have on their head or hooked to the skin, a copper container called "sumbhoo" filled milk.
These processions wish to perpetuate the legend of Idumban that his guru, the wise Agattiyar, sent for the peaks of two mountains. This brought the two peaks attached to the ends of a wooden pole.
To test his faith, the Lord Muruga then turned into boy and climbed one of the peaks for the load is heavier. Idumban, who had not seen the god in the child, went into a mad rage and a fight ensued. Then Muruga pierced him with his spear and Idumban passed away mortally wounded.
The wise Agattiyar and relatives of Idumban implored the Lord Muruga who agreed to revive the wiser. As a sign of thanks, Idumban and his entourage made a promise to bring the Cavadee each year.


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