Lots of Steps: 272 to be precise, which really doesnt sound that bad..
Unless, of course, one were to have been out all night drinking karusebas all night at Finnegans just prior to the Batu Cave Excursion... (which will make the climb a bit more challenging....)
There are Hindu decorations and shrines throughout the caves, which can make for some good photo ops, with the cave stalagtites hanging in the background. (and maybe a monkey or two thrown in for good luck...)
Every year there is a Thaipusam Festival which attracts as many as 100,000 worshippers to the caves....
Not sure why, but a few of the Hindu babies that I saw here had a kind of orange paste on their scalps...
Not sure if this was for some sort of religious reason... (or maybe for sunscreen...) Have to leave it as an exercise for the reader... (I'm a little better read on things Buddhist than I am on Hindu culture...)
Getting there and away... (to lift a copyrighted LP slogan) The caves are about 13 KM's north of Kuala Lumpur.
Easy to get here by either bus or taxi... The two bus lines that run up here are 69 and 11D if memory serves... (You best check this, my memory doesnt serve me so well anymore...)
Best watch were you sit at the caves, as the pigeon popluation probably outnumbers the monkeys by about 100 to 1. And, as such, pigeon droppings are in no short supply at Batu Caves...
Kinda like this picture of them sitting on the Elephant head, though...
The caves are overrun with long tailed macaque monkeys, which are famous world wide for being annoying. They will line up along the stairs, wave their arms screeching at you, while trying to pull at your clothes, and maybe steal some food if the opportunity arises...
Not so much different than running the gaunlet of bus ticket hawker stands at Pudu Raya bus station...
Lord Murugan is the God of War in Tamil Hinduism. His weapons are bow and spear.
He is son of Parvati, one of Shiva, the Destroyer's, wives. You mostly see Lord Murugan together with a peacock, which is his mount.
As well as most Hindu gods, he is known by a lot of different names, but Lord Murugan is the most common one.
The statue is nearly 43 metres tall. It consists of 250 tonnes of concrete and metall bars, with a layer of 300 litres of gold painting on top.
It was brought in place by means of a helicopter in January 2006.
Fondest memory: Perhaps not the fondest memory, but....after we arrived it started raining. My wife, her brother and his wife were going to make some special prayers inside the cave so there was no other choise but climbing the stairs. I had an umbrella, the others had not but when we came down again and got to the car, I was the wettest of all of us, despite the umbrella. It seemed to gather the water instead of protect me!
Proper Attire: Well, being that this is a cave fashioned as a Hindu shrine, I suppose a nice colourful Sari would be as appropriate as anything...
Don't forget your sun parasol, as the mid day Malay sun can be harsh...
The Temple Cave is the main cavern of the Batu Caves. It is quite cavernous, and the ceiling is as high as 100 meters above you.
I guess it would need to be pretty "cavernous" if you are going to pack 100,000 worshippers all into this one cave...
This is the area on the upper cave inside Batu Caves !
With people lounging around...Some people sitting at the small temple; Some looking at the opening hole on top of the cave; Some just looking at the walls...& we have seen them all, right ? (from my previous few photos !).
Batu Caves is about 13 km from KL. Batu Caves consists of 3 main caves, the biggest is the Temple Cave.
We have to climb up the 272 steps to reach the top !
A visit to Batu Caves is a must while you are in KL !
Enjoy my Batu Caves photo(s), taken through my own eyes...
Let us continue with the sights inside Batu Caves...that I managed to capture.
There are small statues adorning the walls inside Batu Caves.
Mainly Indian of course because this is a sacred place for the Hindus...in Malaysia or rather South East Asia...
The photo shows a small temple, also we could see the untouched cave walls...& a few tourists looking around...& where's my Swedish friend ?
This is certainly one of my favourite photos taken inside Batu Caves !
It sort of captured the ambience inside the caves...with people, lights & cave walls...all rolled into one amazing photo !
Amazing capture for an amateurish like me !
This was taken in the upper cave, as were the 2 previous photo !
There are more monkeys to be seen...yes, we can throw foods at them, normally peanuts.
Just be careful, they could get angry at times if not getting anything from you !