Visiting Batu Caves
Regardless of your religious affiliation, a visit to Batu Caves, a 25-minute drive north of Kuala Lumpur City Centre is on many tourist’s “To Do” lists when they’re in KL. To get there from Ramada Suites by Wyndham KLCC, hire a GoCar at www.GoCar.my (cars are on Level 1 of our parking lot) order a GRAB, or jump in a taxi to get there.
Rising almost 100 m above the ground, the Batu Caves temple complex consists of three main caves. The biggest, referred to as Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave, has a very high ceiling and features ornate Hindu shrines. To reach it, visitors must climb a steep flight of 272 steps. Thankfully, the wooden steps first built in 1920 have been replaced with concrete steps and in mid-2018 were painted a dazzling array of colours making the steps themselves a great place for photos.
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Standing 42.7 metres high located next to the steps to Batu Caves is the world’s tallest statue of Hindu deity Murugan. The statue cost approximately 24 million rupees, is made of 1550 cubic metres of concrete, 250 tonnes of steel bars and 300 litres of gold paint brought in from neighbouring Thailand.
Geology and history buffs will appreciate that the limestone forming Batu Caves is said to be around 400 million years old and that some of the cave entrances were used as shelters by the indigenous Temuan people.
Batu Caves was promoted as a place of worship by K. Thamboosamy Pillai, an Indian trader. He was inspired by the vel-shaped entrance of the main cave and was inspired to dedicate a temple to Lord Murugan within the caves. In 1890, Pillai, who also founded the Sri Mahamariamman Temple in Kuala Lumpur, installed the murti (consecrated statue) of Sri Murugan Swami in what is today known as the Temple Cave. Since 1892, the Thaipusam festival in the Tamil month of Thai (which falls in late January/early February) has been celebrated there.
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