Sunday, December 5, 2010

Inside Batu Caves 在黑风洞里 ...


After 272 steps ....


A monk standing among the silhouette of gods ....



Fortunately only a handful of people come early to Batu Caves
otherwise this would have been a busy short stair-case into the inner cave ...



Batu Caves receives most attention during the Thaipusam festival, 
which celebrates two important events for the Hindus
which are the birthday of the Hindu Lord Murugan
 (the son of the god Siva and his wife Parvati)
and
Lord Murugan’s defeat of the demon Soorapadman with the aid of a 
powerful lance given to him by his mother.



In the 1860s, the caves are frequented by the Chinese community
 to collect guano from bat droppings for their vegetable farms around Kuala Lumpur.

Batu Caves first came to public attention in 1878 when an American naturalist and conservationist 
William Hornaday followed the smell of guano (excrement or feces/urines of bats) 
up a jungle track, and 
saw the huge natural limestone caves he described in his journals as
 “perfectly resembling St Peter’s in Rome” ...



The area consists of three main caves and a number of smaller ones.
 The caves are made of limestone and with a length 100 meters high and 400 meters long .

Shortly after Hornaday’s expedition, the site became a favourite among 
Hindu devotees, who set up a shrine to Lord Murugan.



As Hornaday pointed out over 100 years ago, there are few words 
that adequately describe this shrine in the sky: “stunning” and  “gorgeous” ... 

13 comments:

Dejemonos sorprender said...

Hi, beautiful series.. silhouettes in the first pictures are really wonderful!!

Patrick Lucas said...

J'aime beaucoup le cadrage de la 2e photo / Good day to you

SKIZO said...

Sublime
see
you

Denise Scaramai said...

Congratulations for these beautiful photos!
The first two are simply the best!
Hugs

ρομπερτ said...

Shrinking life to its real and important size. Thank you !

Please have you all a good Sunday.

daily athens

Two Tigers said...

Thank you Wong for sharing these amazing images - I cannot imagine what it would be like to stand in the middle of such vast beauty!

Scott said...

Wow, those are some incredible looking caverns. Cool shots.

Randy said...

Thank you so very much for sharing your visit with us.

T. Becque said...

Looks like an incredible place to visit. And how nice that it's not congested with people!

Claudia said...

Beautiful pictures! It looks a great place to visit.

Greetings

Celia na Italia said...

I'm impressed with the beauty of this place!

Laura.M said...

Muy buenas todas. La 4ª es impresionante!!
Saludos. Laura

Espresso said...

Great place !