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Batu Caves

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Batu caves - the most revered and popular outside of India the Hindu Shrine. Located in the Northern suburbs of Kuala Lumpur and are very visited place. The number of pilgrims and tourists comes to half a million people a year.

Nature began work on their creation in the Cretaceous period. Later, in the XIX century, on means of a merchant from India has built in this secluded temple dedicated to the God Murugan. Modern statue of him erected next to the stairs leading to the caves.

Since the late nineteenth century in the caves annually Tamil festival Thaipusam. Tamil is the main Indian nationality, living in Malaysia.

Until the 1920s the caves rising over the earth a hundred yards, was practically inaccessible. To get to them, it was necessary to have mountaineering skills or a great religious zeal. In 1920 year they built a staircase that has become a landmark. It has 272 steps. Breaking them should not stop only to rest with the top of the stairs opens with an absolutely stunning view of the surroundings.

The stairs starts the main hall a spacious Temple, or Light, caves. The name was created by a Hindu temple located at the end. Also called light because her room still available daylight. In a small nearby cave, too, there is a temple, but there the monkey chose it as the site of communication with tourists, so you should be alert to petty theft. The dark cave is just to the left of the Temple. This is the most extensive and longest of the caves of Batu. The altitude reaches 120 meters, and the way it stretches for two kilometers. The cave is intact, the crystals of various compounds, intricately carved by nature, not the destruction of civilization. The dark cave is also unique for its fauna. Its among the rarest on the planet spider. Scientists are studying the cave already for the second century and continue to make discoveries. A visit here can be ordered and conducted with the permission of the Society for the protection of Malaysia's natural resources.

At the bottom, at the base of the hill are two more cave temples, art gallery cave and Museum cave. They are filled with Hindu statues personifying various deities, and paintings on religious themes.