Batu Caves means limestone caves consist a series of 18 Caves. Temuan Indigenous people initially used this cave as a shelter and rest area as they hunted around the cave area. Estimated the ages of Batu Caves between 306 to 506 million years old. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu (Stone River), which flows past the limestone hill.
Batu Caves History
The history of Hindu temples in Batu Caves began in 1888 by K. Thamboosamy Pillai and Mr. Kandappa consecrated a Vel in Batu Caves. In 1891 they established the first Thaipusam celebration in Batu Caves. According to history books, Mr. Kayoroganan Pillai (the head south Indian labors) had a dream. The mother of Lord Murugan told him to build a temple for her son Lord Murugan. As a very devoted Hindu, he felt very honored and he determined to make it as a unique temple. During the process finding the right place to build a temple, his friend recommended Batu Caves.
The form of Vel similar to Tamil ancient spears associated with Lord Murugan impressed him to choose cathedral caves. He also likes the main caves situated about 100 meters from street level that will protect the temple from the flood. The height of the caves also aligns with the concept the highest you are the closer you to the gods. The main caves about 250meter long and 150meter tall fits to hold huge visitor during Thaipusam festival.
As a result of K. Thamboosamy Pillai commitment to Lord Murugan temple, Batu Caves temple becomes the most popular tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur. Indeed the most prominent and most prosperous Hindu temple in Malaysia. Its also served all the Deity for Malaysian Hindu.
Batu Caves Attractions
Depending on the activity tourist plan to do, Batu Caves tour takes typically 2 hours including travel time to complete. For Dark Cave tour additional 1.5 hours need to include. Travel time from Kuala Lumpur city center to Batu Caves takes about 20 – 40 minutes depending on traffic condition.
Tallest Lord Murugan Statue in The World
It took three years and cost about 2.5 million to build the tallest Lord Murugan Statue in the world. Lord Murugan statue height at 42.7meters from street level, the unveiled official ceremony was lunch on 31st January 2006. Today, the deity becomes the icon of Batu Caves.
Dark Cave Tour
Malaysia Nature Society is providing a forty-five minutes educational tour. Tourist can buy entrance ticket by walk-in to the Dark caves that situated near to main caves. The group should not more than 15 people. Ticket rates RM35 for Adult and RM25 for Children. The activity available daily from 0900am to 5.00pm.
The festival of Thai Poosam is celebrated in honor of Lord Muruga in Tamil month Thai in the Posam Nakchatiram. Usually, happen in the month January – February. Thaipusam is a day to celebrate Lord Muruga. He was created from divine sparks emanating from the third eye of Lord Siva. He was designed to put an end to the evil-doing of the Asuras who were tormenting the Devas and the celestial being. During the festival, tourist can witness the devoted Hindu carry the Kavadi.
The history of the staircase started in 1920 when the crude steps were built. In1939 a two-way flight step was constructed to support the devotes climbing to the main cave. In August 2018 they added another two-way flight with rainbow paint. Today the staircase has been recognized as the world magnificent staircase.
- To optimized time and money, tourist can combine visiting Batu Caves with another tour such as
- Do not show a teeth to long tail Marquette. It’s a sign of aggression
- Do not show a teeth (smiling) to long tail Marquette. It’s a sign of aggression
- Don’t bring any soft drink, pop or soda when climbing the steps. Only bring mineral water
- Leave any food or fruit in the Car or Taxi.
- Bring Sun Screen and Umbrella
- No toilet in the caves or temple. The restroom is only available near to coach parking lots. Toilet entrance 0.50 cents.
- Tourist can wear the shoes in the caves but require to remove them when entering the temple.
- Batu Caves opening hours: 0700am – 7.00pm.
- Entrance Fees: FREE – only pay for parking
- The easy way hired a Taxi for a return trip.
- Book the tour packages that include visiting Batu Caves.
- Get a train commuter from KL Sentral Station or Putra Station
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