Batu Caves

Last updated by kookoolulu at 2014/5/8

Located 11 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur suburbs, Batu Cave is the sacred place for the Hindus in Malaysia. It is composed of a series of limestone caves nestled in the hillside and covered with dense jungles. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions near Kuala Lumpur. You can climb 272 steps to reach the top of the mountain or take a cable car to reach the caves. On the half way of the steep cliff, the three limestone caves were transformed into religious ones with Hindu temples. The middle cave with light shining in is called temple cave and there are various stalactites and shrines of the Lord Murugan of Hindu. On the left side of the temple cave, there is a dark cave with a depth of 366 meters. The dark cave looks gloomy and solitary with thousands of bats, snakes and verms lurking inside. In the third cave, there is a Hindu shrine built in 1891 and it is also the sacred place for Hindus in Malaysia. The Thaipusam festival lasts from the latter part of January to the beginning of February, and attracts 800,000 Hindus around the world gather there to take part in the celebrations. On the left side of the mountain foot of the dark cave, there is a lake. Beside the lake, there is a limestone cave which is called “art gallery cave” by people. Inside the cave there are many bright-colored sculptures and frescos concerning topics of Indian religions. The dark cave is gloomy and cool, with winding and cragged paths that are more than 2 kilometers long. Inside the cave, there inhabit thousands of animals of more than 150 kinds, such as bats, white snakes and boas. The temple cave is next to the dark cave, measuring 50-60 meters tall and 70-80 meters wide. There is sunlight shining above from the cave holes, adding much mystery to the cave. In the cave nearby, there is a Hindu temple built in 1891, enshrining the Lord Murugan of Hindu and there are over one hundred color-drawing statues. At the foot of the mountain, there is a museum cave displaying statues, frescos and relics of Hindu mythologies.

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