Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

A symbol of the growing impact of Hinduism, The Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is a phenomenal destination. Believed to be some 400 years old, The Batu Caves is a Hindu place of worship, dedicated to Lord Murugan. The place is flooded with tourists for its religious significance.

The Batu Caves is an array of several caves and cave temples embedded in a limestone hill. A high mighty statue of Lord Murugan welcomes the visitors at the entrance of the Caves. The gigantic complex consists of three main caves and a few smaller ones. The biggest cave is the Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave. It features high soaring ceiling and houses several ornate Hindu shrines. It is accessible through a steep flight of 272 steps. Visitors will encounter playful monkeys on the way up to the cave. At the base of the hill are two more cave temples, Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave, both of which are full of Hindu statues and paintings. The Ramayana Cave is positioned to the extreme left. On the way to the Ramayana Cave, there is a 50 foot majestic statue of Lord Hanuman and a temple dedicated to the revered God.

Batu Caves serves as the focus of the yearly Thaipusam festival. The festival is held in great regard by Hindus. The destination has become a pilgrimage site for not only Malaysian Hindus, but Hindus worldwide from countries such as India, Australia and Singapore. It is attracts huge crowds at the time of this festival.

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