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Batu is one of the most famous Hindu shrines outside of India. It is here that the highest statue of the god Murugan, the second son of Shiva, who is worshiped by the southern Tamils, is located.
In 1891, after an influential Indian merchant, the leader of the Tamil community, Tambusami Pillai dedicated this natural attraction to the god Mururgan and erected a sacred statue in the place where the Temple Cave is now located, which served as the beginning of worship in these places to the god Mururgan.
God Murugan has other names: Sharavana, Kumara, Mahasena, Guha, Subrahmanya. Often depicted as a youth, often with six heads and twelve arms and legs. Its indispensable attributes are the bow, spear and banner with the image of a rooster. His wahana (mount) is a peacock.
A modern statue of Murugan appeared at the central entrance (in the upper caves) near the temple in 2006, its height is forty-three meters. More than a dozen Indian sculptors, artists and architects worked for three years to create this monument. Many thousands of cubic meters of concrete, tons of beams for bonding structures were required for this. Gold paint was brought to cover the statues directly from Thailand. The cost of this project exceeded half a million dollars. The sculpture of the god Murugan, the second son of Shiva, is considered the highest in the world and after its discovery was included in the Guinness Book of Records.
In India, God Murugan is considered the supreme god of war. However, the Indian people of Tamil, who live in Malaysia, revered him as a defender against war, bringing victory, as well as giving fertility.
After the discovery of the extraordinary size of the statue of Murugan, even more tourists and pilgrims began to come to the temple and caves.
The statue of the god Murugan proudly rises above the people before entering the Batu caves and amazes its guests with its grandeur. This is an amazing creation of architects! Each guest who has visited these places can make an ascent to the Temple with the thought of cleansing his spirit of the hellish cares of this world.
Statue of god Murugan and sights around
Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding area are rich in noteworthy. Among the entertainment points of Subang Jai, it is worth noting the grandiose Sunway Lagoon water park, which is located fifteen minutes away by car. By all means, bring the children in Kuala Lumpur to the Berjaya Times Square Theme Park amusement park, he will introduce them to the fabulous heroes of Malaysia and the whole world. The palace complex Istana Negara is located in 8.8 kilometers.
And that's not all. It is worth in Malaysia to go get acquainted with the aquatic inhabitants in the Aquaria KLCC aquarium, which is located at a distance of several kilometers. Kowal Lumpur City Mall, Chow Kit Road, is an eight-minute drive away. The National Visual Arts Gallery (Malaysia) in Kuala Lumpur can be quickly reached in seven minutes by car. The excellent zoo National Zoo of Malaysia, eight minutes away by car, offers to get acquainted with the fauna of the Malaysian region in Kuala Lumpur. Further, from Lord Murugan Statue to the wonderful Cathedral of St. John in Kuala Lumpur is just a few minutes drive.
Photo and description
The Murugan statue is the largest statue of this Hindu god in the world. This 43-meter-high statue rises near the stairs to Batu Caves, a popular Hindu shrine. Although the main adherents of Hinduism moved to Malaysia at the end of the 19th century, religion itself came here much earlier - with Indian merchants. And the famous Caves Temple near Batu Caves was built more than two centuries ago by a wealthy Indian merchant.
A modern statue of this deity, the most revered in Hinduism, appeared near the temple in 2006. It took fifteen Indian sculptors three years and the same number of local artists and architects to create this monument. The sculpture took one and a half thousand cubic meters of concrete, 250 tons of beams were required for the binder structure. 300 liters of gold paint were brought to cover the statues from Thailand. The cost of this project exceeded half a million dollars. After the discovery, the sculpture was included in the Guinness Book of Records.
Harmony in such a peaceful and stable country as Malaysia is explained by respect for the culture, religion and customs of all the nationalities that inhabit it. And the opening of the shrine, so significant for residents of Hinduism, was attended by representatives of the government, as well as many guests from India. The statue was showered with flowers from helicopters that were in the evening sky especially for this celebration.
In India itself, the statue represents the supreme god of war. Tamils, an Indian nationality living in Malaysia, revere him as a protector from war, bringing victory, and also as giving fertility. Always represented in the image of a young man armed with a bow and a spear, a banner with a drawing of a rooster is considered an invariable attribute.
After the discovery of the statue of Murugan, in addition to pilgrims, tourists began to come to the temple and caves, attracted by the unusual size of the statue. Their flow reaches thousands of people daily.
Batu Caves were formed naturally and greatly transformed over 400 million years of their existence. Initially, representatives of the Besisi tribe lived in them, and the caves themselves were high cliffs of limestone. Over time, under the influence of water currents and other natural factors, the rocks were washed out and peculiar through holes formed in the mountains.
The forest hid the caves from human eyes until the beginning of the 18th century. At this time, an Indian merchant Tambus Pillai, traveling through Malaysia, came across them, and it was he who became the founder of the temple dedicated to the god Murugan. The American naturalist Gornedey, who described them in one of his works in 1878, made the Batu caves truly famous.
After 14 years, a Tamil festival for pilgrims from all over the world began to be held in this place, and in 1920 tourists were given access to the highest cave, adding a long staircase with 272 steps to its entrance. Like millions of years ago, today Batu is also influenced by nature, which is why some caves become unsafe and closed to the public. If you want to see Malaysia as it was before our era, be sure to visit this unusual attraction.
Interesting fact! The caves owe their name to the river of the same name flowing in the neighborhood.
Batu Caves occupy an area of over 2.5 km2 on the map of Kuala Lumpur. This is a complex of thirty hills of various sizes with deep internal formations, at the entrance to which you are met by a golden 43-meter statue of Murugan. In the highest mountain of Batu (over 100 meters) is the most visited temple cave in Malaysia and the whole world, where not only curious tourists from distant countries come every day, but also faithful pilgrims.
Important! Entrance to the Batu Temple Cave (Kuala Lumpur) is allowed only in appropriate clothing - covering the shoulders and legs above the knee.
The next in size, but at the same time the longest (2 km), is the Dark Cave, located at an altitude of 204 steps. She fully lives up to her name, as the sun's rays never penetrate through her strong walls. An excursion to the Batu Dark Cave is sometimes interrupted by bats or awkward tourists who do not see one of the many bizarre columns and partitions behind the light of a flashlight. But don’t worry - all travelers who want to walk along the dark corridors are given helmets without fail, so you can not only see unusual dungeons with magical stalactites, but also remember them.
The last large cave and temple of Batu is the cave of the protagonist of the ancient Indian epic Ramayana. A detailed biography of Rama is written on its walls with a description of his exploits and principles of life, and statues of different sizes are installed on special stands with beautiful lighting.
Vallurvar kottam batu caves
If the caves described above were mainly a creation of nature, then Vallurval Cottam is a kind of art gallery with real works of art. Several statues of Hindu gods are stored here, the walls are decorated with frescoes and painted with quotes from the collection of aphorisms "Tirukkurala" - one of the main books for the inhabitants of Malaysia.
In general, to visit the four open caves of Batu, you need about 4-5 hours without a road. You can only enter the Temple for free, a ticket to Dark costs 35 ringgit per person (25 ringgit for a child), ten and five ringgit, respectively, to the Gallery and the cave of Rama. Hours of the complex: from 8 am to 8 pm.
How to get to the caves
The attraction is located within the capital of Malaysia, so to get here from other cities, you need to do at least one change. Directly from Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves can be reached by:
KL Sentral station
- KTM electric train. The most convenient and cheapest way. Departure point is the central transport hub of Kuala Lumpur, KL Sentral Station. You can buy a ticket only at the box office, saying that you are driving to Batu Caves station. Price - 2 ringgit.
- Bus Kuala Lumpur-Batu Caves. He leaves the Puduraya Bus Terminal every half hour from 7:30 to 18:30 and travels to the final 45 minutes.
- Taxi. The fare from the center on the meter is 15 ringgit. It is better to arrange a trip back with the driver in advance, since in Batu itself taxi prices are two to three times higher.
If getting to the Caves on your own is not so difficult, then there may be problems with the road back. First, stock up on coins, as machines at the station where you can buy tickets do not accept bills or cards. Secondly, you will need a lot of patience to wait for a huge queue of tourists who can not figure out such a complex mechanism and get a badge. Thirdly, we advise you to get to Kuala Lumpur by taxi or go to the next station and there you can safely take a bus or train.
Pay attention! Malaysia is a Muslim country, so here, even in public transport, certain rules apply. For example, most Kuala Lumpur subways and trains have a pink wagon designed exclusively for Muslim women. Also in transport it is forbidden to smoke, eat, drink, carry pets and even cuddle. Violators will be fined in large quantities.
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Batu Caves (Malaysia) is a truly unusual sight revealing the secrets of nature, and a unique chance to see the unspoiled nature and beauty of Kuala Lumpur. Have a nice trip!
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