Batu Caves is a limestone hill 100-meter above the ground, and is home to several caves, three of which are considered major ones. It is dedicated to Lord Murugan, the Hindu god of war. This popular and sacred destination is located 13 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur. During the Thaipusam festival, which celebrates the moment when Murugan received the spear to trounce his demonic nemesis, Soorapadman, it attracts as many as one million disciples.
Entrance Shrine at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
At the bottom of the hill, stands the 42.7-meter golden statue of Lord Murugan, making it his tallest statue in the world.
The World’s Tallest Murugan Statue at Batu Caves.
A closer look at Lord Murugan’s statue at Batu Caves
With my high school classmate Len, who acted as our tour guide, in front of Lord Murugan’s statue at Batu Caves. To the left of the statue is the Entrance Shrine and to the right is the way to Cathedral Cave.
With the World’s Tallest Murugan Statue. Ugh. That. Pose.
With Len’s son and Lord Murugan’s statue. I taught him this pose. Now I regret doing it.
The biggest cave in Batu Caves is the Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave, a Hindu shrine replete with colorful images of deities. To reach the innermost sanctum of the Cathedral Cave, one has to have legs of steel and willpower because one has to hurdle 272 concrete steps.
The seemingly daunting 272 steps that tested the strength of my legs and my imaginary fear of heights.
Details on the roof of a structure in Batu Caves. It is near concrete steps.
These figures adorn the archway, at eye-level at around 30 concrete steps. It might be Lord Murugan and his wives and an entertainer.
The same figures bathed in gold otherwise known as settings of the camera were off.
Some of the images seen inside Batu Caves.
One of the figures seen inside Batu Caves.
Some of the believers giving respects to their gods.
Len and I took a break after we had reached the tailend of the first set of steps.
But wait, there’s more! More steps to conquer inside Cathedral Cave. The topmost part of the steps is the Main Temple of Murugan at Batu Caves.
The interior of Catheral Cave was the epitome of the harmonious relationship between nature and man. The limestone outcrops jutting out of the cave ceiling seemed untouched by the construction of the concrete stairs, the temple and the praying areas.
The view of the area from inside Cathedral Cave.
This decorated archway was our last view of Batu Caves.
This is my second stab at Throwback Thursday.