Photo gallery: Thaipusam Festival procession begins early on Sunday

The annual Thaipusam Festival procession began early on Sunday as devotees honoured Hindu deity Lord Murugan.

The first batch of devotees carrying milk pots left Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple at Serangoon Road for Sri Thendayuthapani Temple at Tank Road just after midnight.

They were followed by carriers of kavadis - intricate structures of steel and wood - is attached to a person's body using 108 vel, or spikes that pierce the carriers' bodies.