Batu Caves

Just north of Kuala Lumpur are the Batu Caves.

Batu Caves are a series of limestone outcrops and is one of the most popular Indian shrines outside of India.

Up 272 steps you will find several caves where Hindus have created temples, shrines, and replicas of their favorite deity’s.

Hindus from all over the world make a pilgrimage to this location to offer a kavadi for the purpose of averting miss fortune.
A kavadi can be as simple as a can of milk, which most people bring, or an elaborate ceremony during the celebration of Thaipusam (Google this name). Durnig this celebration hooks and knives piercing the body and face are used as the kavadi.   I”ll be back for that one.
Monkeys… Don’t touch the monkeys
They eerily watch the progression of visitors struggle to the top
This is Lord Murugan
Devoted to Lord Murugan the sacred caves are the ideal representation of the Tamil Indian community. Lord Murugan was the slayer of demons and is the representation of valor, strong nature, and a temperament towards happiness.
All most there….

Once you crest over the last step you enter the Temple Cave.
This is the Temple Cave, the largest one among many, with a 100 meter ceiling containing the Shrine to Lord Subramaniam Swamy, a Hindu deity. This is what we have been waiting for. This is where devotees, throughout the year, bring their kavadi.
This is the Shrine of Lord Subramaniam where the kavadi is presented.
I wondered where all the milk went. It flows beneath the shrine and out the gutter.

Part II tomorrow …..

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