The Temple of Batu Caves Malaysia is one of the destinations with most visitors in Malaysia. It is situated on a limestone hill with three large caves and one smaller cave. The location is about 11 km from Kuala Lumpur to the north.
The temple has been built about 100 years with many statues and idols featured inside. The limestone cave itself has been formed since about 400 million years ago. It becomes a religious landmark of Hindu people since they found the hill hundreds of years ago.
The most well-known and the largest cave is Cathedral Cave with its 100 meters high ceiling, which house some Hindu shrines. A couple of cave temples called Museum Cave and Art Gallery Cave are also found at the hill’s foot as the places of paintings and statues of Hindu.
Thaipusam Hindu Festival
Thaipusam Hindu Festival is an annual focal point in Batu Caves Malaysia. It attracts thousands of visitors and devotees every year. Commonly held in January end, the festival starts one night before at the KL city center’s Sri Mariamman Temple and then arrives at Batu Caves in the next morning. The colorful festival usually lasts for eight hours and celebrated by more than a million pilgrims.
Kavadis is a typical feature found in Batu Caves. It is a container of milk carried on shoulders by devotees as the offerings for the Lord Muruga. The container is commonly in large size and decorated with small ornaments in bright colors. The frameworks are commonly combined with metal skewers and hooks to pierce tongue, cheeks, and skin. The peacock feathers and flowers added for the decoration, making the kavadis having up to 100 kg of weight. The devotees walk with the piercings and vow dedicated to the Gods. Then they climb up to the hilltop caves stepping on 272 stairs. When they arrive at the temple, the priests will apply the consecrated ash sprinkles to the piercings before being removed.
How to Get to Batu Caves Malaysia
Batu Caves Malaysia opens every day from 6 am to 9 pm. It is located in Batu Caves, Sri Subramaniam Temple, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, about 13 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur to the north. From KL, you can take the City liner Bus No 69 on Jalan Pudu Street or take an Intrakota Bus No 11D at the Central Market Kuala Lumpur. Otherwise, you also can take a taxi to reach Batu Caves.