The items you need for Thaipusam Kavady this 2019 season

Kavady is a 10-day period which focuses primarily around the worship of Lord Muruga who represents the six senses of our human existence.

The abishegam is the purification of the Kavady that will generally commence on the day before the main day from 9am onwards.

When is Thaipoosam Kavady 2019?

  • Thaipusam Kodiyetram (flag hoisting) is scheduled to start from this weekend of 11 January at most temples across South Africa.
  • For details of Thai festival dates at other temples click here

Find your inventory list of items that you need to have for your experience of Kavady.

Requirements for Abhishegam:

  • All abishegam goods are generally provided by the temple for a nominal fee.
  • You are required to bring a bucket and jug for washing your Kavady and garlands for decoration

Abhishegam list:

  • 3 Lemons/Limes
  • 2 Strings to tie the milk
  • 1 Betel Nut
  • 3 incense sticks
  • 3 Camphor

Requirements for the main day Kavady festival:

  • 2 Brass Somboos
  • 3 Pkts camphor
  • 1 Bottle oil
  • 1 Coconut
  • 1 Betel leave
  • Fruit and Milk

Important Guidelines at all temples

  • Devotees that are piercing to ensure that you arrange with a reliable person who is experienced to pierce you on day of the main prayer.
  • Devotees that are expecting to go into a state of Trance are requested to bring all their necessary requirements e.g. tray, ashes, Vel, rosewater etc.
  • Devotees should remember no piercing or state of Trance are allowed in the temple.
  • All devotees carrying Kavady are to remove the flowers from their Kavady after the procession.
  • Please do not leave the temple until your turmeric string is removed after the de- hoisting of the flag.

Thaipoosam information for Melrose Temple in Gauteng

The Johannesburg Melrose Shree Siva Subramaniar Temple flag hoisting for the 2019 Thaipusam Kavady will start at 4pm on Saturday, 11 January 2019.

Daily obayams will be offered.

On weekdays, the prayer will start at 6PM. On Saturdays, the prayer will start at 4PM. 

Thaipusam Main day celebrations

Devotees will have the option to carry paal kodums or kavadies on the main day, Monday 21 January 2019.

In view of the eclipse on 21 January, devotees are required to be at the temple from 10am onwards to collect their kavadies. The decorated kavadies must be ready by 1pm as the main prayer will start then. 

Public day celebrations 

Devotees wishing to carry kavadies or paal kodums on the public day, Sunday 27 January 2019 will need to to collect their Kavadies on 26 January, 2019 from 1PM onwards

Please contact Guru Dayalan on 079 696 6445 for more information on bookings and obayams.

  • For details of Thai festival dates at other temples click here

Etiquette when present at a temple

All devotees are requested to dress appropriately: Ladies to either wear a Sari or Punjabi. Men to either wear a Kurta or white trouser and white shirt/T-shirt. Ensure that nothing of a leather item is on your possession at the temple including a leather belt should not be worn. click here to read our guidelines on etiquette at temples.


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