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In Awe of Batu Caves

 

Last weekend my friend and I made a trip to Kuala Lumpur to visit the Batu Caves.  Batu Caves is a limestone series of caves and cave temples located in Gombak district; 13 kilometres (8 miles) north of Kuala Lumpur. After reaching at the new bus station TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan), we hopped on to the KTM and Batu Caves is the last stop on the route.

Right outside the caves is a giant statue of Lord Subramanya or Lord Murugan which is 140ft tall.  The statue, which cost approximately RM2,5 million,  is made of 1550 cubic metres of concrete, 250 tonnes of steel bars and 300 litres of gold paint brought in from neighbouring Thailand.  It took 3 years of construction and unveiled in January 2006 during Thaipusam festival.

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There are 300 steps leading up to the temple and the climb is not easy for older people.  Outside there are a lot of pigeons.

The caves consist of the Temple Cave, Dark Cave and the Art Gallery Cave. Stalactites jutting from the cave’s ceiling and stalagmites rising from the floor form intricate formations such as cave curtains, flow stones, cave pearls and scallops which took thousands of years to form.

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From the top, you can get a birds eye view of the area. The steps and the surrounding rocks are lined with macaques (monkeys).

However once one gets inside the temple, you get to see the amazing limestone rock formations which have been preserved intact.  When we got to the temple, we could witness the offering to Lord Murugan which was done with music and pomp.

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The Batu Caves attracts visitors throughout the year, particularly during the annual Thaipusam festival when the temple complex – the most popular outside India – becomes the focal point for over 1.5 million pilgrims.

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The limestone rocks which are 100m high and 400m long are awesome and are of different formations.  .

In recent years the caves and surrounding hills have become the centre for Malaysian rock climbing and the site offers over 160 routes of various grades.

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