Saturday, September 15, 2012

Batu Caves - Murugan and Iguanas in Malaysia

My earliest memory of Batu Caves was seeing a man carrying an iguana on his shoulder and walking down the 272 steps . I gasped in surprise and shock and it was my first sighting of the iguana. The towering statue of the Tamil God Muruga was standing in front of us . My second memory was that of the best ever masala dosa that I had ever eaten in all of Asia, excluding India of course.

Being an Indian and a Tamil, I wanted to head to Batu Caves, where millions of Tamils all over Asia converge for the Thaipoosam festival that falls in the month of January or February. A three day colourful festival, Thaipoosam usually starts with a procession where the deity is in a chariot and is taken around from the Mariamman temple in Chinatown to Batu caves. Thronged by tourists, locals and devotees, this festival is a must see if you happen to visit Malaysia around this time.

Photo courtesy - Auswandern Malaysia

But this limestone cave is not just a religious destination - it is a tourist destination for all adventure seekers who would love to do some rock climbing while exploring a dark and dingy cave with their stalactites and stalagmites.

Batu Caves , named after the River Batu and the adjacent village is a series of caves and cave temples that were once the home of ancient tribes. As you explore , the darkness blinds you and you get into a world of fruit bats who now nest here. The "Vel " shaped entrance gave it a religious significance as it became synonymous with the Tamil God, Muruga who is also worshipped as a warrior deity in parts of South India. But whether you are a tourist looking for a spiritual experience or a dash of adventure, do not miss Batu Caves on your next trip to Malaysia

5 comments:

Jeevan said...

I think just like bearing snakes on shoulder for pic, the iguana. The post is a fact on the cave.

shooting star said...

batu caves....they seem interesting!

wehearttravelling said...

I would love to visit Malaysia. Have heard of Batu caves and would try to fit that in.

R Niranjan Das said...

Love these caves. Just dint feel like coming out when i visited them.

http://rajniranjandas.blogspot.in/

liju philip said...

Have been to Batu caves twice. Once in 2002 and the other in 2005. Loved it.