Thaipusam is an important festival dedicated to Lord Muruga or Kartikeya or Kartik or Subrahmanya or Skanda, which like, North Indian festival, Dushera also celebrates, good over evil. It is a Tamil festival and it is believed that on this day, Goddess Parvati gave the ‘Vel’ (lance) to Lord Muruga on the Thaipusam day to vanquish the Asura (demon) army. Thaipusam is observed on the Pusam star in the Tamil month of ‘Thai’ (January – February) every year.

In 2011, Thaipusam date is January 20, 2011(Thursday).  It is celebrated in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh) and also in other parts of the world like, Malaysia, Singapore, Srilanka etc. 

Legend has it that Lord Muruga, son of Lord Shiva, killed Tharakasuran and other demons who were creating mayhem on earth on Pusam star in the month of Thai.Thaipusam is celebrated to commemorate this victory of good over evil.

The most important event on the day is that of devotees carrying various types of Kavadi to the Murgan temples. The most important Kavadi pilgrimage takes place at the Batu caves in Malaysia