Do you ever wonder who this golden statue is? The shrine itself was constructed in honor of Lord Murugan, who is the Hindu God of war and victory. Lord Murugan is one of the important deities being worshiped by Tamil people here in Malaysia.
Visiting Batu Cave demands no payment; no entrance fees and the like. You just have to be there and be fit to climb the 272 steps to reach the cave; but no worries as it is not that steep as it seems (still manageable). You’ll encounter a lot of long tailed-macaque monkeys as you head up; on one note, you can actually buy foods for them at the base of the hill, don’t know the price though.
Annually, they celebrate the Thaipusam festival (January/ February) wherein devotees practice their religious rites. The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a “spear” so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman – – – an occasion which I am not really familiar with =) Anyways, Batu Cave is a network of limestones that was formed due to the fact that it is situated near the Batu River. Let the pictures speak for itself. =)
How to go there?!
From KL Sentral, take the KTM Komuter train (red line*) that leads directly to Batu Caves. It will cost you RM2 (roughly PhP27) one way and it will take around 30 minutes before you reach the end of the trail. It is the cheapest and easiest way to go there via public transport. The exact address of Batu Caves in case you’ll go there via private vehicle/ cab is Jalan Batu Caves, MRR2, Selayang, Selangor.
* Railways in Malaysia are colour-coordinated depending on your desired destination.
Unfortunately, we were not able to see the Dark Cave which is just few steps away from the top. We even bought raincoats for RM5 a piece because of the non-stop rain – – – hours well spent with the girl who is fond of lights.