Saturday, December 4, 2010

Climbing up Batu Caves 爬上黑风洞 ...


The customary thing that I do in a place of worship is to
pay my respect within the limits of it's religious practice ....



That is what I did before climbing up the Batu Caves .....



The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Murugan. 
It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia.



Batu Caves in a limestone hill ...
The limestone forming Batu Caves is said to be around 400 million years old ....



To reach to the caves above, 
visitors have to climb a steep flight of 272 steps ...
At almost 50, it is not easy for me to climb all the way up at once, 
so I stopped for some photography in the middle of the climb .....



I greeted several young monks and chat with one who was
also on the way up to the caves,
it seems that he lives here in one of the temples ....



A 42.7m (140.09 feet high) high statue of Lord Muruga 
was unveiled in January 2006, having taken 3 years to construct.
 It is the tallest Lord Muruga statue in the world.

13 comments:

Joop Zand said...

Nice place.....good model !

greetings, Joop

Eyeliquor said...

Nice tour you gave us today! :)
I like the blue color of the steps.
Have a nice sunday Wong!

Traveling Hawk said...

Wonderful photos, as usual, Wong! If you had trouble to climb the stairs at "almost 50", what would you think of me, at "almost 63"?? And still, I'll go soon to India, to climb to the Rajahstan forts :)

MIMOSA said...

Blue steps to heaven! Wonderful photos!

Nordis said...

Great pictures and a nice series of images from a land so far away. Nice to see

Laura.M said...

Impresionante estatua la de Lord Murugan!!
Me gusta mucho la primera imagén.
Las escaleras a todos nos cuesta subir.
Saludos y buen fin de semana. Laura

Luz said...

Que lugar maravilloso me encantara conocer las tomas muy buenas!
Cariños amigo!

SKIZO said...

Sublime
work
good
creations

Mahon said...

this series is really interesting, very impressive these statues and these places seem magical !
I shall have liked be here !
thank you for sharing your beautiful photos !

Bye :)

Markun taideblogi said...

I like he first pic. Mysterious, beautiful shades.
Markku,
Noormarkku, Finland

pietrzyk said...

Very interesting pictures.Greetings Andrzej.

Bob Bushell said...

Those photographs are tremendous, I love Lord Muruga.

Celia na Italia said...

Beautiful photos but the first is very special!