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Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

Visit one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to Hindu God of War and Victory named Murgan.

Batu Caves is located about 14 kilometers north from the Petronas Twin Tower in Kuala Lumpur. Without any problems and at a reasonable price you can get there by taxi.

At the entrance to the Batu Caves is an impressive 42.7 meters high statue of Lord Muruga. The actual cave complex is located about 100 meters above. You can go to the caves by 272 steps on which you probably meet some monkeys.

Down at the entrance, as well as up in the caves there are several Hindu temples and shrines such as Lord Muruga Temple which is situated directly in the cave. Batu Caves complex consists of three major caves and several smaller ones.

The Thaipusam festival has taken place in Batu caves since 1892. Nowadays, the festival attracts millions of believers and thousands of tourists. The festival procession begins in Sri Mahamariamman Temple in the downtown of Kuala Lumpur followed by a 15 kilometers long journey that takes 8 hours. The procession culminates at twilight arrival into the caves after 272 steps.

The complex was built by Indian businessman Pillai, who installed Murti (statue sanctified) Sri Murugan Swami in 1890. Pillai is also the founder of the famous Sri Mahamariamman Temple in Kuala Lumpur.