The Hindu Batu Caves

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July 10th 2009
Published: August 29th 2009
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After the National Mosque I took a train and taxi out to the Batu Caves, one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India. There are 272 numbered steps populated by wild monkeys up to the mouth of the cave. A 140 ft. golden statue of the Hindu diety Murugan towers above the staircase. The Batu Caves are the site of the Thaipusam Hindu festival, one of the largest human gatherings in the world, bringing 1.5 million pilgroms a year.

I received a blessing at the main temple in the cave, held a albino python and hung out with the monkeys.

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