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Explore the Beautiful Batu Caves of Malaysia

11.05.2009 · Posted in Home and Garden Articles

In the Gombak district in Malaysia which is located around 13 km north of Kuala Lumpur are the Batu Caves. These caves are best known for being a pilgrimage for Hindus, and symbolizes an honor to Lord Muruga, the Hindu *** of war and victory.nnThe magnificence of the Batu Caves is attributed to its very ornate appearance and because of this it has become a popular site for rock climbing, and has for long, attracted rock climbing enthusiasts from all over the world. In fact, it offers a total of 160 climbing routes that can be accessed from all areas within the cave. nnIn the 1860’s Chinese settlers started to excavate the bird guano to use as fertilizer for vegetable crops but The Batu caves gained fame due to their limestone hill formation which were recorded by the then colonial authorities.nn The Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave is the biggest of the three main caves where the ornate Hindu shrines are showcased. Its ceiling reaches a peak of 100 meters and this can be visited by climbing a total of 272 steps by foot. nn The second of the three main caves is dedicated as a Museum and Art Gallery Cave and it can be found at the bottom of the hill. It houses a collection of paintings and statues and was closed to the public until 2008, after it was renovated, and opened as a Cave Villa.nnK. Thamboosamy Pillai, an Indian trader, has given significance to the Batu Caves when he dedicated one of the temples inside the cave to Lord Murgan, the Hindu *** of war and victory. Since then, the Batu Caves has become a prominent place of worship for most Hindu, especially since it has become the focal point in one of their festivals, the Thaipusum Festival. nnApart from its religious importance, the Batu Caves have become a very popular rock climbing site and for over ten years they have attracted avid climbers who not only appreciate it for the mere use of participating in the sport, but also since the caves exhibit art in its very natural form. It has well become the most precious historical site for Malaysians and most especially, the Hindus, who have used the Batu Caves as a focal point of the Hindu Festival, Thaipusam.nnDuring the Thaipusam Festival a procession commences at the Sri Mahammariamman Temple and then concludes, eight hours after, at the Batu Caves following the pilgrimage of Lord Murugan. nnOnce inside the caves, the devotees take the wider staircase in the center that leads to the top of the Temple Cave and onlookers can enjoy and witness the whole procession from the side.

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