What do we know about Batu Caves aside from the fact that it is a religious site and a famous tourist spot in Malaysia? Well, after asking around and if I’m being completely honest here, many are not too familiar with the history as well, which inspires this piece of article today.
Batu Caves, what’s it made of?
Batu Caves, or if you were to directly translate it would be known as Rock Caves, is made from a series of complex limestone grottoes in Peninsular Malaysia. It was founded by a Indian Trader named K. Thamboosamy Pillai, who wanted to build a place of worship for Lord Sri Murugan in the year 1891.
Now, every year, hundreds of thousands of people would go to Batu Caves to complete their pilgrimage. The best part? It’s not restricted to anyone! That’s right, ANYONE can go to Batu Caves! But be respectful as it’s a holy place for the Hindu faith. Their dress code states that you should wear comfortable clothing without overly exposing your body, such as wearing short skirts or Mini shirts that are above knee level, so long pants will be the best go-to choice should you decide to visit Batu Caves.
Did you know that Batu Caves also has the largest status of Lord Murugan in the world? Standing at 42.7 metres high at the base of Batu Cave’s 272 steps, it’s truly a sight to behold! Did I mention it’s painted gold?
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Here’s a fun fact (leaving all the politics out of it):
The Malaysian Indian Congress Party (MIC) was actually founded there. It’s true! The late Sri Sir John A. Theviry, who was a prominent lawyer from Ipoh founded the party inside the temple premises with his close associates. How amazing is that?!
The best part? Batu Caves recently got a do over! Their steps were painted from a nice goldish yellow and brown to a colourful combination! It really is beautiful. Here, have a look!
I don’t know about you guys, but after learning about Batu Caves, it just makes me want to visit the temple even more!
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