Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

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    Cathedral Cave and Sri Valli Devanai Temple

    by machomikemd Written Jul 2, 2014
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    At the Top of the 272 steps going to the top is the Temple Cave (also known as the Cathedral Cave) of which there are various Souvnenir Stores, Hindu Mini Temples and various Murugan Depiction Murals. But 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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    Ramayana Cave, Hindu Temples, Murals

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    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.

    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.

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    Lord Murugan Statues and Depictions

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 2, 2014
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    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.

    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).

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    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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    Batu Caves Overview

    by machomikemd Written Jul 2, 2014
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    The Batu Cave Complex was discovered by local malaysian chinese in the 1860's and mining was done and harvesting of guano (bat feces) also was done. In the 1890's a local Malaysian Indian named K. Thamboosamy Pillai, built a statue of Lord Murugan (a Hindu Deity) inside the Main Temple Cave and since then, the other structures were built and the area became a large Hindu Place of Worship and a main tourist site. The Large Lord Murugan Statue in Front of the Steps was only Built in 2006. At present, The Hindu Festival of Thaipusam is celebrated here during the month of February as pilgrims and tourists reach 800,000 and more during the festival.

    The Complex is composed of three main caves, the Temple Cave, the Ramayana Cave (Art Cave) at ground level and the Dark Cave (beside the Main Temple Cave) and a few smaller ones. The caves are made of limestone and 400 meters long and 100 meters high. There is a 47 Meter Statue of Murugan besides the 272 concrete steep steps going to the Top at the Main Temple Cave and there are many souvenir stalls, religous stalls and local warungs.

    There is no entrance fees to the Batu Caves and the site is open 7:00 am to 7:00 pm everyday

    The Batu Caves is one of the Major Hindu Shrines around the world and a major tourist attraction of Malaysia

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    Batu Caves

    by Cathy&Gary Updated Apr 12, 2013

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    The Batu Caves are about thirteen kilometres from Kuala Lumpur.
    To get to the caves you must first climb up 272 steps and most of the way up you are watched by sneaky monkeys.

    Watch them as they are so quick and we saw a few people lose their plastic bags of souvenirs they had bought and there was no way to get them back. So hang on to everything, watch your sunnies as well!!

    Temple Cave or Cathedral Cave is the biggest and most well known cave. (there are 3 caves)
    The ceiling of this cave is 100 metres above the ground and looks so beautiful with the sunlight streaming through several holes in the ceiling.

    It can also be quite slippery in here as water also seeps through the roof of the cave, so wear appropriate footwear.

    The Taipusam festival which is celebrated in quite a few countries every year is also celebrated in these caves with over 800,000 devotees and visitors attending.

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    One of the most well known caves anywhere.

    by Askla Updated Dec 10, 2012

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    The Batu Caves Hindu Temple is the place where the Thaipusam Festival has been held on the fullmoon day which comes between January 15 and February 14, every year since 1891. During this festival the area is totally crowded, the streets are closed for normal traffic (just special buses with devotees and spectators are allowed to run), you can not move and we - the spectators - disturb the Hindus coming for their prayers. But what an experience to have witnessed it all!

    The stairs consists of 272 steps. It is quite steep, so luckily there are several landings where one can catch the breath and admire the view at the same time.

    It has been said there should be lots of monkeys, which could from time to time be very disturbing and nearly aggresive, but when we went there were no signs whatsoever of any monkeys. We came quite late, arrived around 7pm but it was still daylight. Perhaps the authorities have moved them to another place.

    For more information and pictures, please visit my "Batu Caves" site.

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    Batu caves

    by deeper_blue Written Oct 5, 2012

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    The Batu caves is a very manageable day trip to make from KL (13 km north). Catch the train from Sentral Station for 2RM. Outside the caves is a huge golden statue of a Hindu deity. Beware the Macaque monkeys and enjoy the steep climb before the caves!

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    Batu Caves

    by lmkluque Updated Aug 22, 2012

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    Too many stairs for me.

    The Batu Caves are made of limestone and discovered in 1892. This site is a Holy place for Hindus, but also it is a very popular with tourists. Small and large festivals are held here almost daily. There are three caves and I've been told that this is a very spiritual place.

    Unfortunately I was too weak to ascend the stairs the day we visited the Batu Caves. If you haven't such a problem this is something worth seeing, so climb those 272 steps and check it out. I did see some children crying while leaving the caves. It seems they felt scared of something about the caves, so if you travel with small children keep this in mind.

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    Batu Cave and the 273 steps

    by HebaM Written Aug 20, 2012

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    It's a great experience! very educational and cultural. I got to learn about Hinduism! the only bad side the 273 steps that you'll need to climb to go up to the cave but once you are there the view is awesome !
    bring water and wear comfy shoes.
    The souvenir shops over there are overpriced and there's no way you can barging.
    Admission to Batu Cave is free which is great

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  • Nice experince .......

    by Sharondow Written Jul 1, 2012

    The Batu caves sure are impressing. It is not something for those who have trouble walking - going up 276 stairs in the heat of Kuala Lumpur requires some sort of mobility. The caves itself are rather dark, the colorful hindu statues are marvellous to look at. The Cave villa can be booked and offers even more of the technicolor temple-statues, also a reptiles park which we found apalling, as some of the animals are most certainly not kept in a species-appropiate way. Still makes me want to cry thinking about that poor giant turtle who tried her hardest to get out of a plastic bassin that was merely a little bigger than herself. The indian dance is also not too thrilling. Therefore we only give and "average" review. Except for the colorful hindu figures, the Villa does not have much to offer - but the caves itself are pretty amazing. Just stay away from the monkeys - they bite when annoyed and they steal food.

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    Batu Caves

    by Twan Updated Mar 14, 2012

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    Batu Caves is a very touristy place so if you like to go here come early as the place will be packed during the day. The Batu Caves are a series of caves, about 15 km north of Kuala Lumpur, in Gombak district, Malaysia.

    The largest cave, the Temple or Cathedral Cave is 400 meters long and 100 meters high and reached by a staircase with 272 steps high. It is a sacred place. In the cave, the annual Hindu Thaipusam festival celebrated. In 2006 the festival had 1.5 million participants.

    There are Java monkeys at the caves.

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    BATU CAVES,NOT TO BE MISSED

    by davidjo Written Feb 27, 2012

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    view from the cave

    When we arrived in KL we had a rough plan of interesting places to visit but we were unaware that Batu Caves were so near the centre, a few stops on the railway at the end of the line, very easily accessible from the centre of KL. Trains will go there several times an hour, the station is called Batu Caves if i remember correctly. There are several caves there but it is worth climbing the many steps to the main cave where the Hindu's perform their pilgrimage. Once at the top, cold drinks can be purchased and it also offers a view of the surrounding area.

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    by theguardianangel Written Jan 28, 2012

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    The Thaipusam Festival is celebrated in the Batu Cave. Thaipusam Festival is a Hindu festival which is celebrated every January/February. They say that people during this occasion is when they commemorate Parvati, a Hindu Goddess who gave Murugan (a popular Hindu deity) a spear to conquer Soorapadam, the evil spirit.

    Situated in Selangor, Malaysia; about 30-45mins the time it takes to travel from Kuala Lumpur.

    at the entrance, you will see a big golden statue on the right side.

    Prepare for the 272 steps to take to enter the cave, within the cave are Hindu Shrines.
    Just be polite and mind your manners especially when there are prayers held inside.

    It is recommended to have the visit early in the morning, as early as 7am, so you won't get caught in the traffic. Especially that a bus is necessary to travel in this place. You just have to take the Metrobus 11 near the Central Market, if you can't still locate it, you can ask the locals, they'll show you the direction where the Metrobus is. As far as I can remember the bus fare costs 2RM...???

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    Visit the Batu Caves

    by reewil Written Aug 27, 2011
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    We booked our tour to the Batu caves with Premier Tours. It was an all day tour. On the way we stopped at a couple of touristy places but the highlight was the caves. The giant gold statue was amazing, the flight up the 172 steps to the top was exhausting but exhilarating and we got to hold a giant lizard at the top. Highly recommend.

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    Caves and Monkeys galore!

    by leon.partsi Written Aug 12, 2011

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    The Batu Caves are a hindu temple in the area of Gombak, 13km from Kuala Lumpur city. Consider the caves to be a day trip. A tour should cost around 45 ringgit through a company like Asia Web Direct.

    I recommend it because, you know, so pretty! It's a great way to see wild monkeys feeding and other various wildlife as well as culturally significant and ancient Hindu monuments.

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