Sri Subramaniam Temple - Batu Caves Malaysia
Batu Caves Hindu Association
Batu Caves Sri Subramaniam Temple
Kuala Lumpur 68100 Malaysia
Telephone: 03 6189 6284 / 60 3 6089 6284
Fax: 03 6187 2404
Opening hours: 6am - 9pm
Lord Murugan statue:
The tallest statue of a Hindu deity in Malaysia,42.7-meter (141 feet)
Located at the Sri Subramaniar Temple at the foot of Batu Caves,Declared open on Jan 29, 2006 (Sunday)
World Tallest Lord Murugan statue
"This is the tallest statue of a Hindu deity in Malaysia," said temple Chairman R. Nadarajah. "It is also the tallest Lord Murugan statue in the world. We are trying to get it reported in the Guinness Book of World Records."
2.5 Million Malaysian Ringgit
The RM2.5 million (US$670,000; Euro500,000) golden statue entered Malaysian Book of Records as the tallest statue of a Hindu deity in Malaysia.
15 Indian Sculptors
Fifteen sculptors from India and 15 other general workers took more than three years to build.
1,550 cubic meters of concrete
250 tons of steel bars
300 liters of gold paint from Thailand
Hindus in Malaysia
Malaysian Hindus regard Lord Murugan as a manifestation of valor, beauty, youthfulness, vitality, masculinity and happiness.
Batu Caves consists of three main caves and several smaller ones. Temple Cave or Cathedral Cave is the best known and biggest one. The ceiling is 100 meters above ground and this huge chamber is lit by daylight from several holes in the ceiling. Temple Cave features a Shrine to Lord Subramaniam, a Hindu deity which is visited by many dsevotees throughout the year.
Distance form city cennter:
The Batu Caves are just 13km (7.8 miles) north of Kuala Lumpur, at Gombak in Selangor State, Central Malaysia. Accessible from Kuala Lumpur bus...
The Temple Cave, which contains small shrines to Hindu gods and a Tamil-style Hindu temple, has a vaulted ceiling 100 meters high and there are 272 steps to get there. Sky inside the cave - right above your head in the middle is a hole where you can see the cloud or the sun,800,000 devotees and other visitors visit the caves.
Art Gallery Cave:
The Art Gallery Cave, containing holy statues and wall paintings depicting Hindu mythology. This Art Gallery Cave is at the foot of the hill. Access is via a concrete walkway over a small subterranean lake. For this cave only, an entrance fee is charged.
The Dark Cave is a 2 kilo meters (1.2 miles) network of caverns. Several species unique to the area are found here : the trapdoor spider, cave toad, microcode, cave cricket, cave roach and the cave racer snake. Please note that access to the Dark Cave is restricted without permission from Malaysian Nature Society.
Manifestation of Happiness:
A shower of flowers fell from a hovering helicopter while hundreds of balloons floated into the air with 100,000 ethnic Indian Hindus watched during the opening ceremony on 29 January 2006 6.15pm. Works Minister S. Samy Vellu, Malaysia's top Indian politician, conducted the official unveiling of the statue.
This is one of the holiest Hindu shrines in Malaysia and a popular tourist attraction.Batu Caves is a limestone hill to the north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which has a series of caves and cave temples. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill. Batu Caves is also the name of the nearby village.
Batu Caves is said to have been discovered by K. Thambusamy an Indian trader in the 1800s.
The ‘Orang Asli’ (local aboriginal tribes called Jakun) had been aware of the caves for a long time. However, they became famous only after it was discovered by the American Naturalist, William Hornaday in 1878.
Batu Caves is famous for its resident families of macaque monkeys. A lot of them live around here.On you way of 272 steps, monkeys may come to you for foods. You can buy for them at the shops before you start you 272 steps.
Since 1891, Batu Caves has been the site of Hindu worship. One of the biggest celebrations at Batu Caves, the yearly Taipusam Festival, is celebrated in this Hindu Temple. The festival of Thaipusam is a time when Hindu penitents visiting on a pilgrimage every year from all over Malaysia.
How to Reach There:
Batu Caves is located at the northern section of the Middle Ring Road II.
From Kuala Lumpur City, use Jalan Sultan Ismail (westbound) road and drive right to the end and turn into Jalan Kinabalu (northbound towards Kepong), connecting to Jalan Kuching at the Duta roundabout, connecting to Jalan Ipoh via overpass at the Kepong roundabout.
After that, look for roadsigns that leads you to Batu Caves or Genting Highlands. You will be exiting the road, up a ramp into a huge roundabout. At the roundabout, take the exit at 3 o'clock (3rd exit) and then keep to left.
About one kilometer from the roundabout you are able to see Batu Caves in sight.
Take Metro bus No 11 from the Central Market annexe or the Cityliner bus No 69 at Jalan Pudu to get to Batu Caves
By Bus Cityliner
Use Cityliner bus no. 69 from Jalan Pudu or Intrakota bus no. 11D from Pasar Seni.
By Bus RAPIDKL
By using RAPIDKL, you can get reasonable and cozy transportation to Batu Cave from KL City..
From the Titiwangsa Terminal, take RapidKL bus route U6. The bus will stop at the entrance to Batu Caves. Inform the bus driver of your destination so that you will not miss pressing the bell to stop the bus.
The fare is RM2 and the ticket is a day pass for all RapidKL Uxx routes. Keep the ticket for the return journey. All you have to do is to show it to the the bus driver upon boarding.
Keep the ticket in your water proof purse or a PVC beg to protect it from sweat and sudden rain. In 2006 I started the 272 steps with bright red hot sun in the sky. And came out from the dark caves to discover the outside was suddently in heavy rain. Unprepared every one caught in the downpour......and gone is the thin paper ticket kept in the back pocket.
Take a taxi to Batu Caves, as the site is relatively isolated. The trip is RM10 to RM15 under normal traffic condition
In 2009 one will be able to get to Batu Caves from Kuala Lumpur City by train.
The present railroad beside Batu Caves is currently under sonstruction to upgraded the extension of the KTM commuter train service from Sentul.
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