SAMSUL SAID / REUTERS
January 16, 2014
A Hindu devotee takes a ritual shower before he starts his pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves Temple during Thaipusam festival outside Kuala Lumpur January 16, 2014. Thousands of Hindus, who comprise over eight percent of the 29 million Malaysia's population, participate in the annual Hindu thanksgiving festival in which devotees subject themselves to painful rituals in a demonstration of faith and penance held in honor of Lord Subramaniam. Thaipusam will be held on January 17.