One of Malaysia’s most prolific religious landmarks just got a new look, and it’s a truly colourful head-turner!
Located on the fringe of Kuala Lumpur city, the Batu Caves Temple complex is set amidst a towering limestone formation said to be approximately 400 million years old. Officially known as Sri Subramaniar Temple Batu Caves, its history goes back to the late 19th century, when the first shrine was built inside the main cave. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Murugan, also known as Kartikeyya or the God of War, because the shape of the cave opening resembles a vel, a divine javelin that the deity always carries. Over the years, the temple complex has grown and in 1920, a 272-step concrete staircase was constructed to provide easier access for worshippers and visitors.
Every 12 years, it is customary for Hindu temples to undergo kumbhabhishekam, which is a cleansing and revamping ritual to synergise and revive the energy of the place and the presiding deities. The next kumbhabhishekamfor the Batu Caves Temple is on 31 August 2018, which coincides with Malaysia’s 61st National Day.
Let’s check out Batu Caves’ new look below:
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