Travel Destination: Batu Caves of Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur. They’re the sacred place for the Hindus in Malaysia. They consist of three main caves and a variety of smaller ones. The caves are made from limestone and 400 meters long and 100 meter high. They’ve been discovered in 1892. From your hotel in the Golden Triangle you can reach the Batu Caves easily by taxi or public bus (11 and 11d). The public busses will be boarded on the Pudu Raya Bus Terminal in Kuala Lumpur.

Batu Caves in Malaysia

 

At your arrival you may be greeted by a lot of monkeys. They’re going on your peanuts and banana’s, which  you can buy in nearby shops, before you climb up to the caves. It’s important to climb 272 steps, which is able to lead you to the religious and breathtaking Batu Caves.

Lots of monkey on your way

 

Annually they celebrate the Thaipusam festival within the Batu Caves. It is a celebration for the son of Shiva (Subramaniam) and the becoming “one” of Pusan and the Brihaspati stars.
The Thaipusam festival.
Every year, on Thaipusam, as many as 800,000 devotees and different visitors could throng the caves. As a form of penance or sacrifice, many of them carry kavadis (actually, “burden,” corresponding to a pitcher or jug). These are giant, brightly decorated frameworks, often combined with various metallic hooks and skewers which are used to pierce the pores and skin, cheeks and tongue.
By doing this penance they expect some favours from their Gods. (see photos)
The festival is held in the tenth month of the Hindu calendar (mostly the end of January).

By doing this penance they expect some favours from their Gods

 

 

One Response to “Travel Destination: Batu Caves of Malaysia”

  1. ray ban says:

    Nice read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile Therefore let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

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