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