Batu cave


Batu Caves, one of the most prominent heritage sites of Malaysia is a series of limestone caves that date back to about 400 million years ago. Situated 13 km north of Kuala Lumpur, the caves were used as shelters by the indigenous Temuan or Besisi people (a tribe of Orang Asli) in ancient times. Today, Batu Caves are synonymous with the grandiose Murugan Statue located at the foot of the Cave and is famous worldwide for the Sri Subramanian Swamy Temple.

The Murugan Statue at the caves glistens in bright gold colour and soars up 42.7 meter and is the tallest statue in Malaysia. The cave temple is considered to be one of the ten holy abodes of Lord Murugan and hence, is revered by millions of Hindu devotees.

Thaipoosam is the most celebrated festival here and thousands of ardent devotees fulfill their vows here taking “kavadi” attracting tourists from all parts of the world. The Ramayana Cave is another marvelous attraction at Batu Caves which consists of psychedelic dioramas of the Indian epic ‘Ramayana’. The giant statues of Lord Hanuman and Kumbakarna leave every visitor spellbound.

The Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave at the base of the Batu Caves have an envious collection of Hindu statues and paintings that depict the victory of Lord Murugan over Demon Soorapadman. Apart from the religious significance of Batu Caves, the huge limestone outcrops of Batu Caves have made it the prime rock climbing destination in Malaysia and there are 170 rock climbing routes here.

Points Of Interest for Batu Caves
  • Visit and offer prayers at the divine Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple, also known as Cave Temple, which is one of the ten abodes of Lord Murugan.
  • Marvel at the golden-coloured statue of Lord Murugan that stands soaring high at 42.7 metres height and glistening in glory.
  • Indulge in the popular Thaipusam festival that is celebrated grandly in honour of Lord Murgan and witness thousands of devotees fulfilling their vows by taking the ‘Kavadi’.
  • Relive the scenes of Ramayana at the Ramayana Cave where you can find a huge life-sized statue of Lord Hanuman, self-formed Shiva Linga and other deities.
  • Pay a visit to the Art Gallery and Museum cave at the base of Batu Caves that has a wide collection of statues and paintings illustrating the story of Lord Murugan defeating the demon Soorapadman.
  • Visit the statue of Five-Legged Bull which is constructed in memory of the bull that had five legs and was given to Batu Caves after its birth.

Offer prayers at the Cave Temple

The Cave Temple also known as the Cathedral Cave, the Cave Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan and is believed to be the 10th Cave or Hill for Lord Murugan. The Cave Temple sits atop the plight of 272 steps and are actually two caverns connected.

The sunlight penetrating here and there through the extremely heigh celing of the caves creates a mystical aura to the place. There are shrines for Lord Murugan, Sri Valli, Sri Deivanai, Lord Shiva, Ganesha, and Parvati inside the Cave Temple. The biggest festival at this temple is Thaipusam that happens once a year.

Ramanyana Cave

Visualize the scenes from Ramayana The Ramayana Cave in Batu Caves features a huge statue of Hanuman and a self-formed shiva lingam. The caves have many real life-sized statues of Hindu Gods that depict the whole story of Ramayana. If you are travelling with kids, this place is sure to leave them spellbound.

Marvel at the magnanimous Lord Murugan Statue

The golden-colored Lord Murugan Statue located in Sri Murugan Perumal Kovil at the foot of Batu Cave Temple stands a whopping 42.7 metres tall and is the tallest statue in Malaysia. A trip to Malaysia is never complete without a picture clicked here.

Explore the creepy Dark Cave

Half way through the plight of 272 steps is the Dark Cave, which is known so for a reason. The Dark Cave is believed to be the home of the rarest spider species, the Trapdoor Spider.

The dense population of cockroaches and bats, weird rock formations, and narrow potholes amidst rocks add up the adventure quotient of the Dark Cave. The Dark Cave is not usually open and entry is permitted only under the supervision of a guide. Adventure tours at the Dark Cave last for about 3 hours and visitors can actually explore the cave leaving no stone unturned!

The five-legged bull

Years back, the bull which had a fifth leg grow from the back near the hump was given to the Batu Caves Temples right after its birth. The bull roamed through the temple grounds all through its life until it finally rested in peace. Now, a statue raised in the temple’s courtyard in the memory of the five-legged bull is worth visiting.

Tip for Visiting Batu Caves

Batu Caves is a bliss to be visited and here are a few tips that will make your trip hassle-free.

1. Short pants and skirts above the knees are not allowed inside the temple. So, dress appropriately to prevent any hassles. Scarves are available for rent outside the entrance.

2. Entry to Batu Caves is free. But, there are many small caves around Batu Caves for which entrance fee ranges between MYR 5.00 to MYR 10.00.

3. The Dark Cave is open only until 10.00 AM and the entrance fee per person is 33 RM.

4. Do not carry food to Batu Caves as it could invite the monkeys.

5. Do not feed the monkeys as they might turn aggressive anytime.

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