Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Working our way back to the United States after our two wondrous years in New Zealand, we stopped in Kuala Lumpur for two days. Just outside the city are a series of limestone caves and cave temples most well-known for a enormous (140-foot tall) statue of Lord Murugan, a Hindu deity, which dominates the entrance to the largest cave.

A 35-minute train ride from central Kuala Lumpur cost us 2.9 ringgits (USD $.70) each.

Throngs of people come to the site daily. After New Zealand, it was like sensory overload: Indian women in colorful saris, Malaysian women carrying parasols to block the sun, Moslem women often in full black burkas.

Hindu temples with colorful, garish effigies of Hindu gods are scattered throughout the cave area while macaques, a type of monkey, ply the area looking for handouts.

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Famed statue of Lord Murugan at Batu Caves.

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Monkey near entrance looking for handouts.

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Souvenirs for sale.

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Close-up of roof of one of the shrines.

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Brooms

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Hindu calendar.

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Offering lamps in front of one of the temples.

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One of the temples inside the main cave -veiled sunlight from cave opening far above.

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Detail of one of the other temples inside main cave.

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Large statue of Hanuman, the monkey god, the perfect embodiment of devotion and service in the Ramayana.

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In Hannuman’s heart is forever enshrined Ram, an incarnation of God, and his wife Sita.

All photos by the author.

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