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Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur - An Example of True Religion and Its Role in Mankind

May 2, 2014

Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur is the series of caves and temples on the Limestone Hill of Selangor. It focuses on the Hindu religion outside India with the Hindu shrine of Lord Murugan. The limestone caves are said to be more than 400 million years old and their entrances were used for shelters by the Temuan tribes. K Thambooswamy Pillai was an Indian Trader who promoted Batu Caves as the place to worship the Hindu God Lord Murugan. There are 272 concrete steps to be climbed to reach the Caves and the cave temples. The Cathedral Cave or the Temple is the largest and well-known for its several Hindu shrines. The base of the Limestone Hill comprises of two more temples namely Museum Cave and Art Gallery Cave. Both the Caves are full of Hindu paintings and statues.

Statue of Murugan
Statue of Murugan | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

Entrance Shrine at Batu Caves
Entrance Shrine at Batu Caves | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur
Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The Ramayana Cave is situated on the extreme left of the Limestone Hill, where a 15-meter tall statue of Hanuman and his temple is situated with dedication to the noble devotee and Lord Rama. Along with the developed caves there are some undeveloped caves that depict some of the rare and unique species of fauna. Lots of monkeys are there wandering and climbing from one side to another. I stood still to watch some of them. Rock climbing is also an excellent activity, which has been taught in these caves for the past 10 years. The caves have about 160 climbing routes, which can easily be accessed and followed as per directions. I learnt that a procession is held every year during the festival of Thaipusam, a festival of Hindus, where lots of people from India, Singapore and Australia come here to celebrate this festival with great trust and satisfaction.

Thaipusam and Monkeys at Batu Caves
Thaipusam and Monkeys at Batu Caves | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

We didn’t have enough time to perform the activity of rock climbing. But we were amazed to see the structural and architectural site of Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur. It is said that the festival at these caves had attracted more than 1.5 million pilgrims in 2007, making a history of one of the largest gatherings worldwide. After the temple expedition there was the chance of cherishing the wildlife features and we went along to do the same.

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