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Some 9,000 devotees expected to take part in procession to mark Thaipusam today

Published on Jan 17, 2014 12:04 PM

It was the first time in 11 years that devotee Gopal Ram was carrying a kavadi.

The 35-year-old communications executive made a vow to do so last year when his mother was diagnosed with cancer.

On Friday morning, he carried a colourful, 45kg wood-and-metal structure attached to him via spikes pierced into his body and walked 4.5km in a Thaipusam festival procession to fulfil his vow. It was his seventh time carrying a kavadi.

"Once the weight sinks in, it's a battle between mind and belief. It's mind over matter," he said, adding that his mother was "a lot better" now.

Devotees walk out of Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple carrying kavadis at this year's Thaipusam festival. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN
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