Monday, May 17, 2021

Batu Caves Religious Sites In Malaysia



Batu Caves is a limestone hill, which has a series of caves and cave temples, located in the Gombak district, Selangor, Malaysia. This place is named after the Batu River, which flows through the hills. Batu Caves is also the name of the closest village.

This cave is one of the most popular Hindu temples outside India, dedicated to Lord Murugan. This site is the focal point of the Thaipusam Hindu festival in Malaysia.

The limestone forming Batu Caves is said to be around 400 million years old. Some of the cave entrances are used as shelters for the findings of the indigenous people (an Orang Asli tribe).

Batu Caves was promoted as a place of worship founded by K. Thamboosamy Pillai, an Indian trader. He was inspired by the main cave's "Vel"-shaped entrance and was inspired to dedicate a shrine to Lord Murugan in the cave.

Housing development began in 1970 with housing such as Taman Batu Caves, Taman Selayang, Taman Amaniah, Taman Sri Selayang, and Taman Medan Batu Caves.

In recent decades, the surrounding area has changed from a small village to a new industrial and residential area and shops. There is also an overpass crossing the highway. A new KTM Komuter extension rail worth Ringgit 515 million from Sentul to Batu Caves was put into operation in July 2010 and the Batu Caves commuter station has also been opened.

Standing nearly 100 m above the ground, the Batu Caves complex consists of three main caves and several smaller ones. The largest of the caves, known as the Cathedral Caves or Temple Caves, are 100m high and the ceiling is carved with Hindu elements. To reach it, visitors have to climb 272 steep steps.

At the base of the hill are two temple caves, the Art Gallery Cave and the Cave Museum, both of which contain Hindu statues and paintings. The complex was renovated and opened as a Cave Villa in 2008. Many of the temples are associated with the story of Lord Murugan's victory over the demon Soorapadam. Audio tours are available for visitors.

The Ramayana Cave is located to the extreme left as the one facing the hill wall. On the way to the Ramayana Caves, there is a 50-foot (15 m) high statue of Hanuman and a shrine dedicated to Hanuman, Lord Rama's aide. The temple's dedication ceremony was held in November 2001.

The Ramayana Cave depicts the story of Rama chronologically along the irregular walls of the cave.

A 42.7 meter (140 ft) high statue of Lord Murugan was unveiled in January 2006, taking 3 years to build. The statue is the tallest Lord Murugan statue in the world.

This Malaysian tourist spot is actually a holy place for Hindus. The advantage of wearing modest clothes when entering Batu Caves. Any reading that wears open clothes, you can still change by lighting the rented one.

At the Batu Caves festival, you can see the ice cream shop where people give birth to iron and metal rods onto their skin. Some even stuck a thin iron rod through both cheeks as a symbol of the spear that Goddess Parvati gave to Lord Murugan.

This action was carried out in order to atone for the sins of Lord Murugan. People who perform these performances are usually in a trance, aka possessed by spirits.

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