Located about 10 miles from the center of Kuala Lumper, the capital of Malaysia, is the Batu Caves. The Batu Caves are a series of limestone caves that have become a religious Hindu site. One of the most recognizable aspects of these caves is the 140 ft tall statue of Lord Murugan at the base of the caves.
Estimated to be over 400 million years old, the limestone caves where first excavated around the 1860’s when early Chinese settlers used the guano made by bats as fertilizer for their crops. It was about 30 years later when K. Thamboosamy Pillay, an Indian business man and merchant, so came across the cave entrance and believed it to be shaped like a spearhead. Here he decided to dedicate the caves and create a temple to Lord Murugan (also know as Kartikeya), the Hindu god of war.
To get to the caves, you have to hike a steep 272 stairs to reach the entrance, which in reality is a lot easier that it really looks. The hike up is fairly easy and takes about 5-10 minutes depending on your speed. But hey, at least there are monkeys on the way up! And you know how much I love monkeys!
Once at the top of the stairs, the cave opens up to a multiple Hindu shrines. Unfortunately, most of the cave was under restoration so a lot of the shrines were covered up.
But the few shrines that where not covered up are colorful as they are interesting.
I have seen pictures of this temple pop-up on my Facebook timeline many times and was intrigued to make a visit. It is a very interesting site to visit HOWEVER there was a very big peeve that I had during my visit: Garbage everywhere. Nothing grinds my gears more than visiting somewhere and finding garbage everywhere, and we are the ones to blame. As you can see in the photo above, the monkey is eating from a bag of chips. Well, how did he get it??? Did he pull out his monkey wallet and grab a few bucks to put into a vending machine??? No, some asshat human gave it to him.
People…. We need to do better. STOP GIVING ANIMALS FOOD. I know that it has now become the culture norm to take a selfie with everything we come across, but we need to stop. These beautiful sites are just riddled with trash just for the sake of a picture… Not to mention that these monkeys start to become aggressive when they are given stuff. But hey, don’t come crying to me once of them rips your face off. Just sayin…