Batu Caves Temple – One of the most famous cave temple in Kuala Lumpur
The Batu Caves Temple is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur. It consists of 3 main caves – The Cathedral cave, Museum Cave and Art Gallery Cave, along with a few smaller caves. This 100 years old temple, houses ancient limestone formations which are over 400 million years of age! Batu caves holds sculptures, idols, mythological murals, statues and shrines and it is an important religious landmark for the Hindus. The Batu Caves Temple in KL is named after the Sungai Batu or Rocky River, which is a nearby river.
There is a huge, 140 ft statue of Lord Murugan, to whom the Batu Caves Temple is dedicated to, at the entrance of the caves. The temple was founded by an Indian businessman, K.Thamboosamy Pillai is 1892. The Temple Cave or Cathedral is the biggest cave temple here. It features beautiful Hindu shrines and has a very high ceiling. To reach it, you would need to climb a staircase with 272 steps. The other two temples, Museum Cave and Art Gallery Cave, are located at the base of the hill and are filled with Hindu paintings and figures.
The climb up the long flight of steps is absolutely worth it. The top of the steps offers breathtaking views of the temple and the lovely surroundings. The Cave’s colourful statues are very impressive and there are several of them painted in gold along the stairs as well. You can also see a gigantic Murugan statue, which is one of the world’s largest. Painted in gold dust, this statue certainly draws your attention.
Every year during Thaipusam, Batu Caves Temple attracts about a million tourists and devotees over to witness the ceremonial procession. The procession usually begins very early in the morning, even before the sunrise. It begins from Sri Mahamariamman Temple and proceed to Batu Caves, and the whole session usually lasts for about 8 hours.
If you are a nature enthusiast then you must visit the Dark Cave, which is situated below the Temple Cave, where you will come across many untouched caves and beautiful rock formations in the form of thousand year old stalactities and stalagmites. The place is also known for some unique species of spiders and fruit bats that can be seen flying around, and active macaques running around.
Batu Caves temple is one of the most visited temples in Kuala Lumpur. This cave temple is simply uniquely gorgeous! You have to visit here when you are in KL!
Other temples in Kuala Lumpur
Sri Mahamariamman Temple
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Thean Hou Temple
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