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Batu Caves

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Malaysia is known for its rich culture and many interesting sights that tourists flock to. One of these sights is the Batu Caves which is a limestone hill that has a number of caves and cave temples. These caves are located in the Gombak district, which is approximately 13 kilometers or 8.1 miles to the north of Kuala Lumpur. It was named after Sungai Batu or the Batu River, which is a prominent body of water that flows past the hill. The nearby village shares the name “Batu Caves” as well.

Outside of India, the cave is one of the most popular shrines for the Hindu that is dedicated to Lord Murugan. One thing about it is that it is the focal point of the Thaipusam, a Hindu festival.

The limestones that form the caves are said to be more or less 400 million years old. In fact, some of the entrances to the caves have served as shelters for the Temuan people, an indigenous tribe of Orang Asli. The caves rise almost 100 meters above the ground, and it consists of three major caves with a number of smaller ones. The biggest of these caves is referred to as the Cathedral Cave or the Temple Cave. It has 100-meter high ceiling that has been decorated with ornate Hindu shrines.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batu_Caves
http://murugan.org/temples/batu_caves.htm

 

 

 

 

 

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