PETALING JAYA, MALAYSIA, January 25, 2021 (The Sun Daily): Kavadi carriers will not accompany the chariot for this year’s Thaipusam procession in a scaled-back celebration on January 28 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The colorful annual festival usually involves thousands of people carrying their offerings to Lord Murugan as an act of penance and sacrifice. Devotee Sukumar Krishnan, a kavadi carrier for many years, said 10 people from the temple committee will pull the chariot. “There won’t be kavadis, but the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple Devasthanam will live-stream the event,” he said. The live stream will be on the temple committee’s Facebook page and YouTube channel called “We Love Batu Caves.” In a poster, temple chairman Tan Sri Datuk R. Nadarajah urged devotees to stay at home and watch the Thaipusam 2021 special Poojai live.