Batu Caves in Malaysia, a mystical corner

In this opportunity We take you to know one of the most mysterious places in the world, Batu Caves. These impressive natural caverns captivate thousands of devotees who come to them attracted by the magnificence and religiosity of the place. Let's go into the impressive batu caves To unveil all its mysteries, are you with us?

Batu Caves, a treasure of Malaysia

The spectacular Batu cavesThey are caves located in the Gombak district, very close to Kuala Lumpur. These caves are an immense outcrop of limestone with a cavernous interior full of deities. This Hindu shrine annually attracts 1.5 million devotees and more than one million tourists.

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Batu caves formed about 400 million years ago and they were announced by the naturalist William Hornaday in 1878. But it was the Indian merchant K. Thamboosamy Pillai who in the mid-19th century decided to make these caves a temple dedicated to the god Murugan.

What are Batu caves like?

The complex consists of three main caves dedicated to the Hindu warrior god Murugan, son of Shiva and Parvati. Murugan is a deity that attracts many faithful of Hindu culture around the world.

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The entrance to the caves is impressive, as is the great golden statue of the god Murugan. This statue is at the entrance, is no less than 42 meters high and it rises on the base of the hill. Its height makes it the largest statue of this Hindu deity in the world.

To enter the cave complex you must climb 272 steps,A good effort, although on the climb it is possible to admire wonderful views. It is also possible to observe the families of monkeys who walk freely around the place doing mischief.

Cave The Cathedral

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It is the main cave of the complex. It is about 100 meters high and inside it has some cracks where the sunlight sneaks in, which gives the place a mystical air. In the sanctuary area, candles and incense predominate. There are small places where you can leave offerings and raise prayers in a unique environment.

Likewise, if you look left in the Cathedral Cave, you can run into a statue of a bull in blue-green tones with 5 legs, representing a mythical animal of the Hindu culture.

Minor caves

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Inside the main cave are smaller caves such as the Cave Museum, Ramayana and Valluver Kottam. The interior of these caves is an authentic art gallery. You can admire paintings with scenes of Hindu gods and statues that represent part of the Hindu tradition. You can also see the monkeys fluttering around the place.

Dark Cave

It is located below the Cathedral Cave. It has impressive rock formations and a unique fauna. Among the unusual animals seen in the place is the largest spider species in the world.

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It is two kilometers long with relatively intact caverns. Impress stalactites that protrude from the cave ceiling and stalagmites that arise from the soil formations. You can find curtains of rock in the caves, pearls of the caverns, flow stones and scallops that formed in thousands of years.

In order to keep the place intact, Access is restricted. The Malaysian Nature Society organizes educational and adventure excursions to these dark caverns. In addition, climbing can be practiced outdoors.

The Thaipusam Festival

This festival attracts millions of people among devotees and tourists. It celebrates the birth of the Hindu god Murugan. Thaipusam takes place between the end of January and the beginning of February, when the star Pusam is at the highest point in the sky.

It begins two days before with a procession from the Sri Mahamariamman Temple, the oldest in Kuala Lumpur. In the procession you can see a couple of horses pulling a silver car. This car takes the statuettes of Lord Murugan and his consorts, Valli and Teivayanni, to the temple of Batu caves.

«The adventure of traveling consists in being able to live as an extraordinary event the daily life of other people in places far from your home.»

-Javier Reverte-

If you travel to Malaysia, you cannot miss this mystical place. The impressive rock formation where Batu caves are located and its interior will amaze you.

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