Rediscovering my favorite Hindu deities in Batu Caves

Discovering Malaysia’s religious heritage….

Travel Tales of a Yogini

After visiting the Putra Mosque in Putrajaya, we drove off to Batu Caves.  Batu caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples, some 13 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur.  The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India, dedicated to Lord Murugan.  It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia.  According to my tour guide, during this time (January) more than a million devotees come to celebrate the festival.

At the entrance, I was greeted by this magnificent statue of Lord Murugan.

Standing at 42.7 m (140 ft) high, the statue is one of the tallest in the world and is made of concrete and steel, and painted in 300 liters of gold paint brought in from Thailand.

warrior3 Paying tribute to the god of war with warrior III

Lord Murugan is the Hindu god of war…

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