Murugan Temple of Malaysia
Malaysia is a country located in South East Asia, and is a home to many popular tourist attractions. The tropical climate of Malaysia, its sea and beaches as well as the unique culture of the people living here attracts millions of interested travelers to this place. Not only this, Malaysia is also widely known as a land of temples and you will need a lot of time to explore them. One such temple that you should definitely visit in Malaysia is Murugan Temple. But to visit the temple, you need to go through the Batu Caves first, which are located around 13Km north of Kuala Lumpur in the Gombak district.
The Batu Caves are of great importance to Hindus around the world. The caves are also widely known as the “Home of the god of war” and is a popular destination, absolutely worthwhile your visit. In the series of these limestone caves, one can find temples, shrines and statues that are around 400 million years old. The Caves received its name from the Sungai Batu (Stone River) that flows near the hill. These caves are also the central point of Thaipusam, the biggest Hindu festival in Malaysia. Thaipusam is also the most colorful and vibrant occasion of Malaysia trip and generally takes place during the months of January and February.
The festival is mainly organized to celebrate a prominent event in the history of Hinduism, when Lord Murugan was handed a spear by Goddess Parvati, which he used to end a life of evil forces and a demon called Soorapadman, who had possessed a boon that gave him the ability to protect himself from the attack of any god. You also must have noticed the same spear in most of the paintings and sculptures of Lord Murugan.
The word Thaipusam is derived from the month called “Thai” and Pusam indicates a star which is at his highest point during the festival. Another reason to celebrate this festival is that it marks the birthday of the Lord Murugan. Now the festival has also been declared as the public holiday with a better traffic management, which allows the chariot to move through the streets of Kuala Lumpur.
What you must know before visiting the temple is that you need to take wooden 272 steps to reach the temple, that are said to be built in the year 1920. At the base of the steps, you will come across the larger-than-life statue of Lord Murugan himself. The statue is 427 meters high and guards the entrance of the temple. The statue is also said to be covered with the 300 liters of pure gold paint and attracts large number of devotees every year. In the Murugan Temple, you will find many exquisite statues and carvings related to Hinduism. Also, there are many smaller caves and pathways, but the most important caves include the Art Gallery Cave, the Temple Cave and the amazing Dark Cave.
The Dark Cave is 2km long in length and is a natural cave complex, which is covered with unique fauna. You can reach the dark cave from the 200th step. The dark cave is also a perfect exemplar of the artistic side of nature and offers you mesmerizing sight of the exquisite cave pearl formation and nature’s wonderful ornament.
At the bottom of the Cave, you will find the one of its kind Art Gallery Cave, which is an outdoor museum in true sense. The museum exhibits many Hinduism related paintings and Hindu statues. You can also visit a nearby lake, which is a home to beautiful Koi fishes, turtles and tortoises. Also remember that the Batu Caves remains open from 7am to 7pm, so it is best to start your tour early morning, so that you do not miss any part of the cave or museum and make the most of your tour.
You can also take Batu Cave tour Package in Malaysia or a package that include a Batu Cave tour. The best thing about these caves is that they are not only a religious center for Hindus, but also rejuvenates the mind and soul of all its visitors. So any person of any religion can visit the Batu Cave and Murugan Temple to enjoy the serenity and calmness of this place. So plan your trip now and experience the divine feeling of visiting Batu Caves.