Every year, tourists flock Batu Caves to witness the celebration of Thaipusam. Located in Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia, the Batu Caves tourist attraction consists of temples in a limestone cave on the hills. During the festival, Hindu devotees would offer Kavadi to Lord Murugan.
Kavadi can be fresh cow’s milk, semi-circular pieces of wood which is adorned with flowers and peacock feathers, piercing of the tongue, cheek or body with a mini spear, hooks attached to strings or little pots, etc. It is thanksgiving, also represents the burden the people carry, and it is believed that Lord Murugan would bless and lighten the load of the carriers.
In 1920, wooden steps up to the main cave, known as the Temple Cave were constructed. The 272 concrete steps were built in 1940. A 43 metre tall statue of Lord Murugan was built in 2006.
In 2018, the Batu Caves Hindu temple and the 272 steps leading up to it have been painted in a vibrant range of colours.
The kavadi dance is a ceremonial offering and dance practiced by devotees during the worship of Lord Murugan, the Hindu God of War. To prepare for the celebration, devotees would keep their body clean, pray and think of God regularly, follow a vegetarian diet or fast. Kavadi bearers and devotees make the arduous climb on the centre part of the stairs while onlookers crowd the balustrades on the sides.
The Thaipusam festival is usually celebrated in late January or early February, nonetheless, the site is open to visitors daily. Tourists and devotees can visit the amazing 400 million years old limestone caves with monuments, statues, paintings, the sacred temples and work their way up the colorful staircase.
Cave Villa | 8.30am – 5.30pm (Hourly dance shows begin at 10.30am). RM7 (With MyKad), RM15 (Without MyKad)
Paleozoic limestone caves
Opening Hours and Entrance Fee
|Temple (Main) Cave||6.00am – 9.00pm. FREE|
|Ramayana Cave||9.00am – 6.30pm. RM5|
|Dark Cave||10.00am – 5.00pm (Weekdays) 10.30am – 5.30pm (Weekends). Adults RM35, Children (below 12) RM25|
|Cave Villa||8.30am – 5.30pm (Hourly dance shows begin at 10.30am). RM7 (With MyKad), RM15 (Without MyKad)|
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