Over one of my weekends, I took a trip to one of the Caves in Kuala Lumpur; Batu Caves to be exact.
What is Batu Caves?
Batu Caves cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Murugan and is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia, (the other place in Malaysia that celebrate Thaipusamin a massive scale is in Penang – Celebration of Thaipusam. Been here 20 years back on Thaipusam day and it was packed with people… back to back unlike what you will see in the coming photos.
Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in the Gombak district, 13 km north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill. It is also the name of the nearby village.
The Shrine at the entrance of the Batu Caves
Another temple which is the near to Batu Caves Komuter Station.
Lots of pigeons near the entrance. The girl is ‘enjoying’ herself been surrounded by them. Can you see her?
Stalls selling Indian garlands
Batu Caves temple complex consists of three main caves and a few smaller ones and almost 100m above the ground. The biggest, referred to as Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave, has a very high ceiling and features ornate Hindu shrines. You will need to climb a steep flight of 272 steps to reach it.
Interesting? Stay tune to fine out more in my next posting. =)