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    Sri Valli Devanai Temple

    by machomikemd Written Jun 14, 2014

    The Main Attraction of the Temple Cave is the Sri Valli Devanai Temple, located at the farthest end of the Temple Cave, after another 50+ steps going to the temple. the temple is naturally illuminated by sunlight flowing through the cliff opening just in front of the Temple. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan and his two wives, Valli and Devanai. Anyone can enter the open style temple, but you must remove your shoes when going inside. there is also a statue of Vishnu just across the right side of the temple.

    Opens: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm everyday

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    Murugan Depictions Abound in Batu Caves

    by machomikemd Written Jun 14, 2014

    Since Lord Murugan is the main deity being honored at the Batu Caves, you would even see his various depictions around the Batu Caves Complex (including the main 42 meter statue in front, where most of the tourist see and don't realize that he has many depictions around the complex).

    according to wikipedia:

    Like most Hindu deities, Subrahmanya is known by many other names, including Senthil, Vçlaṇ, Kumâran (meaning 'prince or child or young one'), Swaminatha (meaning 'smart' or 'clever'), Saravaṇa, Arumugam or Shanmuga (meaning 'one with six faces'), Dhandapani (meaning God with a Club), Guhan or Guruguha (meaning 'cave-dweller'), Subrahmanya, Kartikeya and Skanda (meaning 'that which is spilled or oozed).[3][4] He was also known as Mahasena and the Kadamba Dynasty kings worshiped him by this name.[5]

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    View from the Top Of Temple Cave

    by machomikemd Written Jun 14, 2014

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    after the exausting and tiring climb above the 272 steps going to the top of the Main Temple Cave, you will be rewarded with a wonderful view around and if you have a powerful ultra optical zoom camera, you would even see Kuala Lumpus and the Petronas Towers and the Menara Tower over the horizon. there are souvenir shops at the top after the steps and the Lord Murugan Staute that was consecrated by K. Thamboosamy Pillai in 1890 to signify that the place will be a Hindu/Tamil Shrine. then you can proceed to the 50+ steps to the Valli Devanai Temple inside.

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    Large Opening Atop Main Temple Cave

    by machomikemd Written Jun 14, 2014

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    at the center of the huge Main Temple Cave, just beside the Valli Devanai Temple, there is a large opening atop the Cave, which is actually a collapsed portion of the Limestone Cave and it flows natural sunlight to the Valli Devanai Temple and provides natural illumination around the area and you would see many birds and a few bats near the area and some of the birds are flying around. A nice Photo and video area.

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    Murugan Temples Murals Carved inside Temple Cave

    by machomikemd Written Jun 14, 2014

    Lord Murugan is one of the most popular Hindu Deities as he is the god of war, victory, wisdom and love. He is Commander of the gods. Son of the lord Shiva and Parvati. Hence inside the nooks and crannies around the temple cave are depictions of six of his famous temples around the world. you can see then scattered around the Main Temple complex and you can climb separate flights of stairs going to some of them.

    the temples being depicted are: They include the Aru Padaiveedu (six abodes) — Thiruchendur, Swamimalai, Pazhamudircholai, Thirupparangunram, Palani (Pazhani), Thiruthani.

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    Ramayana Cave

    by machomikemd Written Jun 14, 2014

    The Ramayana Cave is one of the sub cavelets (the three main Caves are the temple cave, dark cave and Art Gallery Cave) located at the right hand side of the main stairway going to the Temple Cave, where there are various Hindu and Tamil paintings and statues of the Hindu Epic, The Ramayana. Just Outside the Ramayana Cave is the 50 foot Statue of the famous Monkey God, Hanuman.

    Opens: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm everyday

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    Lord Murugan Statue (Big and Small)

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 14, 2014

    There are actually two Lord Murugan Statues in the Batu Caves Complex!

    The original and the first statue was consecrated by local Malaysian Indian named K. Thamboosamy Pillai at the Entrance atop the main cathedral cave in the 1890's as he was promoting the area to be a major Hindu and Tamil Pilgrimage Shrine dedicated to the Hindu/Tamil God of War, Lord Murugan! The Tallest Murugan Statue In The World, Located at the Entrance Going to the Steps at the ground level, measuring 42.7 meter High, and made from Steel & Concrete & Gold Paint, was only done in January of 2006 during the Thaipusam Festival.

    according to Wikipedia:

    Murugan is the Hindu god of war, victory, wisdom and love. He is Commander of the gods. Son of the lord Shiva and Parvati, his brother is Ganesha and his wives are Valli and Deivayanai. Murugan is widely believed and accepted to be having roots as a warrior god in ancient Tamil kurinji lands (land of hills), and later absorbed in to Hinduism as the religion spread across the ancient land of Tamilakam(ancient South India.)

    Murugan is worshiped primarily in areas with Tamil influences, especially South India, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Malaysia, Singapore and Reunion Island. His six most important shrines in India are the Arupadaiveedu temples, located in Tamil Nadu. In Sri Lanka, Hindus as well as Buddhists revere the sacred historical Nallur Kandaswamy temple in Jaffna and Katirkâmam Temple (also known as "Katharagama Devalaya" in Sinhala) situated deep south.[1] Indians in Malaysia also pray to Lord Murugan at the Batu Caves and various temples where Thaipusam is celebrated with grandeur.

    In Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, He is known as Subrahmanya with a temple at Kukke Subramanya known for Sarpa shanti rites dedicated to Him and another famous temple at Ghati Subramanya also in Karnataka. In Bengal and Odisha, he is popularly known as Kartikeya (meaning 'son of Krittika').[2] Murugan is most popular amongst the Tamil people who revere Him as Thamizh Kadavul which means 'God of Tamils'.

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    Dark Cave Tours

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 14, 2014

    Alongside the Main Temple cave, located at the left side when climbing the steps, there is a separate flight of stairs going to the Dark Cave, which is actually the larger series of caverns than the Main Temple Cave. you are not allowed entry inside unless you pay for the educational walking tour which you can do at the entrance as this option is for spelunking junkies as the dark cave contains various stalactites, stalagmites, rock formations and small water channels.

    there are two options, the 45 minute educational tour that costs RM 35 per adult (RM 35 per child) and the 4 hour Adventure Tour (kids not allowed) as this entails some rock climbing, spelunking, crawling along smaller caves.

    You must weal climbing boots or rubbber shoes as flip flops, Crocs and sandals are not allowed here. No backpacks too!

    The Dark cave is not a religious site and but is administered by the Dark Cave Management Group
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    Opens:

    Tuesdays - Fridays
    10.00am to 5pm
    Saturdays & Sundays
    10.30am to 5.30pm
    (Closed on Mondays)

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    Art Gallery and Cultural Show

    by DaHongHua Written May 3, 2013

    Visit Batu Caves you do not need to spend much money as entrance fee is free except a car parking ticket fee of RM2 per entry. You may choose to give some donation to the donation box which the collection goes to the Temple Committee. If you decide to go for a show, then you have to pay the entrance fee. From the advertisement, the show is about the Hindu religion and some animal shows.

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    the tallest Murugan statue photo in good angle

    by DaHongHua Updated Apr 30, 2013

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    I may not have the good photo of the tallest Murugan statue, some VTers who wrote before have some better pictures. A photographer would certainly spend more time to get the best shoot of the Murugan statue. Most tourist also do that to enrich their travel collection. Beside the shooting from two angles, I took the signboard that tell the story of the statue, unfortunately the date was blocked.

    this angle shown the statue in better position Murugan faces right but the steps look clearer the plate to mark the opening ceremony
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    Visit Batu Caves

    by pres_16 Written Jan 14, 2008

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    Batu Caves consists of three big caves, including the main temple cave which features ornate Hindu shrines. Scaling 272 steps leading to the temple is one on the highlights of the visit.

    The limestone structure is also a popular spot for rock climbing.

    However, during our visit, I noticed the dirty sorroundings of the caves. Something that the management should give attention to.

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    Batu Cave

    by shintarojon Written Apr 2, 2007

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    (last date visited - March 30, 2007)

    Batu Caves

    How to go there:

    Bukit Bintang - Bukit Nanas (monorail) - RM 1.20

    Dang Wang - Terminal Putra (LRT) - RM 2.30

    Terminal Putra - Gombak (by bus # 203) - RM 1.00

    Gombak - Greenwood (by bus # 227) - use the ticket bought in the Terminal Putra

    Greenwood - BT Caves (by bus # 204) - use the ticket bought in the Terminal Putra

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    Crazy Humans.....

    by ATXtraveler Updated Mar 4, 2007

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    This poor little boy seemed fairly terrified when a man put this big of a snake on him! What parents will do for a good photo opportunity. I was glad to have my telephoto lens on here, so I could take the picture from a safe distance and therefore was able to forego myself being snaked!

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    Swing up to the Upper Platform

    by ATXtraveler Updated Mar 4, 2007

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    It amazed me that some of the visitors did not make it up to this upper platform, simply because it looked like an additional bunch of steps. It really was not that difficult, but it was interesting once up there to see how the cave had been formed.

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    Shaving

    by hash09 Updated Feb 13, 2007

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    Shaving your head is one of the sacrifies you can give to the lord murugam, hair is the only part of your life which you can give to him... Adult, kids or babies, they all do the same thing for one purpose...

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