Batu Caves a Must Visit Hindu Temple in Selangor Malaysia – Going to Kuala Lumpur is always exciting for me and some of you, I bet. If you are a food lover like me, Kuala Lumpur is such a heaven. At it’s every corners, we could find any kind of delicious food. Melayu, Chinese, Indian, Turkey, Thai and many kind of dishes that tempting our appetite.
Besides of food, there are other reasons to come to Kuala Lumpur. One of them is the interesting tourism spots. Malaysia manages to preserve the old buildings well. Therefore, when you are in Malaysia, you will see a lot of beautiful and well-maintained old buildings. Not only old buildings, because of the culture diversity, Malaysia has some very nice temples, churches and other religious buildings that worth for photograph.
There is one Hindu temple that you have to visit when you are in holiday to Kuala Lumpur. Actually this temple is not a tourist attraction since people use it for praying until today. However, its beauty attracts people to see it even become the most frequented tourist attraction near Kuala Lumpur. The temple called Batu Caves, a religious Hindu’s landmark.
Batu Caves is not located in Kuala Lumpur. Located in Selangor which is about 11 kilometres to north of Kuala Lumpur. It is in Selangor state which takes around 1.5 hour by commuter line. To reach Batu Caves by KTM Commuter Train, you should pay RM 2.3 for a one way ticket from KLIA Sental. It is very cheap!
Batu Caves a Must Visit Hindu Temple in Selangor Malaysia was built on limestone hill area. People said that the limestone formation itself is around 400 million years old. This temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan. Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia always takes place in this beautiful temple.
The main worship area is located in Temple Cave which is the largest and the most popular cavern in Batu Caves. To reach this area you have to climb 272 colorful concrete steps. Several years ago when I visited this temple, the steps were only plain concrete one. Since August 2018, the steps colored in different range of colors.
Before stepping to the main worship temple, you will see a giant statue of Lord Murugan. The height of golden statue is 42.7 meters and claimed as the highest Lord Muguran statue in the world. All visitors wanted to take picture in front of this awesome statue. In the outdoor area just before the steps, you will see dozens of pigeon. You could feed them but you need to bring or buy the food for them. Oh ya, on the steps to the main worship temple, you will also see a lot of monkeys frolic around. Stay cool even you see them. Do not bring stuff in plastic bags since it will attract them to grab it.
There are several smaller worship temples on the ground. They are beautiful as well. I did not enter these buildings since I did not pray. In order to put respect to those who were praying, I chose to stay outside and took pictures from a bit afar.
Inside the main temples. you will see some worship areas. The devotees of Lord Murugan attend the adoration which are scheduled everyday. The priests will assist all devotees in their prayers.
Honestly, it was a challenge for me to reach the top of the steps. I stopped several times but I did not give up to witness the beauty of this temple. If I could remember, I was there for 3 or 4 times but I still wanted to see it again someday.
Even if you had a little time in Kuala Lumpur, I suggest you to put Batu Caves Temple in your must visit spots. You will be amazed to see its beauty and wondered how was the construction done. To me, this temple is amazing!
Take direct commuter line from KL Sentral to Batu Caves. Other way is get on the bus from Titiwangsa Station or take Intrakota bus No. 11D from Central Market to Batu Caves. But I believe KTM commuter line is the easiest one.
Open daily at 06:00 – 21:00
No entrance ticket needed – it is free!