Batu Caves



Selangor, Malaysia

Batu Caves is a religious site near Kuala Lumpur. It is situated 13 km to the north of the capital and at a short distance off the Ipoh Road. The Caves are located in a square where the Indian vendors have their stalls. The distinctive Hindu nature of the place, which is complete with small temples, Hindu worshipers dressed in their traditional attires, and their colorful carved figures of wood.

Three main caves and several small ones form the Batu Caves. The temple or the cathedral cave is the biggest and the best known cave in Kuala Lumpur. To reach the cave, is a very difficult task, as one needs to make their way through 272 rock stairs and innumerable macaque monkeys.

Batu Caves

The Cave

The ceiling of the cave is more than 100m from above the ground. The cave is decorated with numerous painted sculptures and Hindu Gods. There are performances and parables versed by the priests there.

Dark Cave is below the temple cave and is 2 km long. To visit this cave, prior permission is required.

Kuala Lumpur Batu Caves travel guide

Thaipusam

Thaipusam is the main event which is held in the Batu Caves. This festival takes place mostly in the months of January and February. Almost 1 million people visit the place during the festival. It is a three day celebration and the devotees carry kavadis, large frameworks of metal skewers and hooks with them, which are used to pierce the skin, cheeks, and the tongue. The event falls on the tenth month of the Tamil Hindu calendar. The festival is held in the memory of Lord Murugan, the youngest son of Shiva and Parvati, who was believed to have been the manifestation of youth, beauty, masculinity, bravery, and vitality. It is also believed to be celebrated for the victory of the good over evil.

Thaipusam

About the Festival

The jeweled chariot that carries the statue of Lord Murugan starts early in the morning around 4 am. Devotees walk around the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple and throw coconuts on the road. It takes almost 8 hours to complete the journey. The kavadis atone for their sins while walking up till the Batu Caves.

Batu Caves Festival

Some Useful Information

Do not forget to carry drinking water while walking up the Batu Caves, it is a long walk and quite exhausting.

Start for the Caves early in the morning, so that the walk is more comfortable, rather than walking under the hot sun.

Find a cheap cab to Batu Caves, cabs might cost around RM 6 to 8.

The entry to the Batu caves is absolutely free of cost.

Batu Caves in Malaysia

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  1. Jane says:

    My husband and I visited the Batu caves and it was an awesome experience.

    Devotees of Lord Muruga, including non-Hindus, walked barefooted for several kilometres to the two temples to pray to the deity.

    The faithful ,who carried milk pots and kavadi bearers- walked and danced up the steep steps to the hilltop temple.

    Their friends and relatives provided spiritual support by chanting Vel! Vel! and singing devotional songs.

    We were awed by the scenes and recorded the sights on our videocameras.

  2. Danica says:

    We visited this place a year ago..

    It was late afternoon, but I still remember what I saw there was unmistakably a chariot carrying the statue of Lord Muruga made its way to the city as thousands of devotees gathered in queues to offer prayers.

    There was so much of ‘Unity’ and single-mindedness in that one moment, it left me completely dazed!

  3. Wallace says:

    I visited this place a few months back and an estimated one million devotees jostled with visitors, including awestruck foreign tourists like me, to pay homage to Lord Muruga on their way to the cave temple from as early as Saturday night.

    More than 4,500 devotees carried a variety of kavadis up the 272 steps to the shrine at the caves, regarded as the premier Hindu pilgrimage site in Malaysia.

  4. Andy says:

    People line up to visit this temple from as early as three in the morning..
    Chants of Vel! Vel! and the rhythm of drums lent an air of festivity as the sea of people continually trudged up the stairs along with kavadi bearers during this time..

    It’s just unbelievable how faith and festivity combined brings people together!

    I had an absolutely divine experience here..

  5. Sonica says:

    Andy,

    I had a similar experience here..

    Completely soulful and divine drum beats with rhythmic chantings of Vel! Vel! made the atmosphere very pure and enlightened..

    The Hindu and non-Hindu believers of the deity Lord Muruga paid their tribute to the God by offering milk pots..

    I was awed by the whole atmosphere..

  6. Dane says:

    Hey guys,

    I experienced a lot of peace here in the temple of Lord Muruga here at Batu caves..

    Devotees of Lord Muruga, including non-Hindus, walked barefooted for several kilometres to the two temples to pray to the deity..

    It really was a divine feeling..

  7. Esther says:

    Every year Hindus devotees make a gathering to go to Batu Caves to pay homage to the deity they have a lot of faith in, Lord Muruga..

    This all happens in a combination of faith, gratitude and hope to mark the beginning of Thai Pusam festival.

    I had a great time here at the religious site of Batu caves for their deity Lord Murugan..It was a life-changing experience..

    It’s bought a lot of peace and serenity in me!

  8. Samantha says:

    I bought my kids here last here for the Thai Pusam festival, and they unusually were very quiet and were awed by al the rituals and chanting of hymns..

    Truly an excellent; serene and divine experience..!

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