Batu Caves is a well-known tourist attraction with its 272 rock stairs as well as the 42.7m high statue of the Lord Murugan.
I’ve been staying in Petaling Jaya for the past few years and have been passing by the temple for so many times. Although I’ve never really paid a visit to this famous attraction before. Until one fine afternoon, we finally did. I felt so tiny when I stood beside the statue of Lord Murugan. The statue was standing strong at the entrance of the caves, you can even notice the statue from afar, and even when you pass by the MRR2 highway. That’s the trademark of the Batu Caves.
Rising almost 100m above the ground, the Batu Caves temple complex consists of three main caves and a few smaller ones.
Being an acrophobic, (I’m afraid of heights!) I thought my legs will be shaking and my palms will be sweating if I climb up the narrow 272 rock stairs, but, surprisingly, I did not feel afraid at all. I was greeted by lots of smiles during the journey. Everyone was climbing patiently, with a smile on their faces. They took off their shoes and started climbing with their bare feet, dressing up nicely in their ‘sari’ (Indian traditional outfit), climbing gracefully. Some tourists brought along cameras and started shooting around. Some kids were feeding the monkeys with bananas. It’s a nice place. I’m so distracted by every little detail which helped me forget the ‘heights’ that I was supposed to be afraid of!
Batu Caves serve as the focus of the Hindu community’s yearly Thaipusam Festival. Tourists might be interested to visit the temple during the festival season, as there’s so much more happening during Thaipusam!
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