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Batu Caves of Malaysia

10 Sep
 
Realistic sculpturing is indeed something special a divine art perfected by geniuses like Michelangelo, Rodin, But when it comes to who is the ultimate sculptor, the greatest sculptor of all time, it leads to endless debates. Whatever be the conclusion, after seeing naturally sculptured spots such as the Batu Caves in Malaysia, almost all will arrive at a single answer: the greatest sculptor of all time is no one else but the nature’!


A place that has to be seen to be believed, Batu Caves is located around 13 km from Malaysia’s capital city Kuala Lumpur. For majority, in Malaysia and abroad, Batu Caves is a place of worship Sri Subramaniyar Swamy Devasthanam’, one of the very famous Hindu temples that are located outside the hub of Hinduism, India. But this place is more than just a temple abode a location that blends the air of holiness with the thrill of natural beauty and adventurous excitement. Perhaps there will be no other location in the world where one can find holy temples consecrated in an array of perfect naturally carved caves.


Dating back to 400 million years, Batu Caves are actually limestone caves formed within three sandwiched hillocks the name comes from the Malay word for rock and/or from the neighboring Batu River. Centuries ago this location was the transit place for indigenous Malay tribes for their hunting trips. Later the then-Chinese settlers made use of these caves to make fertilizer from bat-droppings for their agricultural needs. But this spot remained hidden’ to the outside world until discovered’ by British explorers in the late 19th century.

At that time the Tamil communities from India were prominent settlers in Malaysia. A noted Tamil merchant, Thambusamy Pillai, after experiencing a holistic touch at this place, decided to build a temple in the caves. It is also believed that the Vel’-shaped main cave entrance (Vel’ a divine spear the chief weapon of Lord Subramaniya) inspired Thambusamy Pillai to consecrate a temple for Lord Subramaniya, also known as Muruga / Karthikeya, the most revered deity of Tamil communities worldwide.

At present Batu Caves is regarded as the Mecca of Hindus outside India’ particularly famous for the annual festival Thaipooyam’, a much revered occasion in the Malaysian capital. But this God-made wonder is much more than a pilgrim’s spot a canvas of natural sculptural beauty.

A must see spot for Kuala Lumpur visitors, what greets you first on arrival is a 140 feet tall gigantic gold-painted statue of Hindu God Subramaniya, the tallest statue of Subramaniya in the world!


Of the main caves here, the first, right near the basement is Valluvar Kottam’ (Art Gallery Cave Museum Cave) where you can see many fascinating mural paintings and statues of Hindu Gods; not to mention that of a five-legged-bull’. In this cave Lord Subramaniya’s story, from birth to marriage and subsequent slaying of demon, is pictorially narrated thru murals.


Another cave located near the hill-wall leading to Subramaniya temple-stairs is the Ramayana Cave’, guarded by a big statue of Hanuman (the monkey god, a staunch devotee of Lord Rama).


Apart from the temple of Lord Rama and Hanuman here, what catches attention are the beautiful murals on the cave walls that illustrate the story of Hindu epic Ramayana’.

Then starts the long climb of 272 steps towards the biggest cave of the lot . which contains the Lord Subramaniya shrine. When you reach half way; the entrance to the dark cave’ can be seen a marvel of natural architectural brilliance! As the name implies, it is a long gloomy tunnel-like cave infested by bats.


Inside the dark cave, the ageless limestone formations that pops out from the floors, cave-walls and ceilings elegantly decorate the whole structure. These peculiar formations are really hard to believe whether manually sculptured or not!

But they only add up the fact that nature is the ultimate artist. This cave also houses some wild species that are too rare to be seen. (As it is too pristine, special permission is needed to visit Dark caves).


Finally comes the largest cave the Temple Cave or Cathedral Cave. After watching the naturally carved walls that are towered by a very high dome-like ceiling, which is also naturally lighted up by sunrays entering thru holes atop, you will be sure that Cathedral Cave’ is the apt name for this as there can be hardly seen such a naturally built Cathedral elsewhere !


What makes a major difference here from a manmade Cathedral may be the rush of macaque monkeys, a brigade of their own.

Inside this naturally-created cathedral that steal a match between the best manually built ones, anyone will stand gazing the unparalleled artistry of the supreme self for long, before proceeding to the main temple.


Besides the major shrine of Lord Subramaniya, few other shrines can also be seen here wonderfully complimenting the Dravidian temple architectural style something that can’t be seen outside South India.


In fact, other than the state of Tamil Nadu (South India) the mother land of Tamils, this is the pilgrim place where the Thaipooyam’ festival (which signifies the triumphant of good over evil, as well as an auspicious chapter in the life of Lord Subramaniya) is celebrated in full grandeur. The festival is one of the largest gatherings of its kind, participated by the Hindu communities from Southeast Asian countries.

This natural wonder provides magnificent panoramic views of Kuala Lumpur neighborhood as well.


Last but not the least, is the Reptile Cave’ the newest opened cave in Batu. Here you can see varieties of snakes, with the reticulated python being a major one thrill for the daring’.


Rope climbing is another means for enjoying this nature’s precious creation. It is estimated that Batu caves offers more than hundred fifty climbing routes! Thus not only the devotees, but adventurists too can relish this spot to the fullest.

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Investigators plan to pry open the final vault hidden
deep under the centuries-old
Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple as police guarded
round the clock the shrine where billions of dollars
worth of treasure has been discovered.
Over the last week a seven-member team of investigators
has broken into five of the six secret subterranean vaults piled high with jewels that have laid
untouched for hundreds of years.
PADMANABHASWAMY KSHETRAM
The temple that houses a sleeping idol of Lord Vishnu is the richest temple in the world. Treasure worth Rs 100,000 crore ($ 20,000,000,000) or 20 billiion dollars was recently found in secret chambers on temple land. Golden crowns, 17 kg of gold coins, 18 ft long golden necklace weighing 2.5 kg, gold ropes, sack full of diamonds, thousands of pieces of antique jewellery, and golden vessels were some of the treasures unearthed during the weekend.
Rs. 1 Crore =
Rs. 1,00,00,000 =
Rs. 10,000,000 =
Rs. 10 Million =
$ 200,000 (At very appx. Rs. 50 = $1)

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With an annual income of Rs 650 crores, Tirupathi Balaji is the second richest deity in India. The temple has over 3000 kgs of gold deposited in different banks and Rs 1000 crore in fixed deposits. The temple trust receives around Rs 300 crore, 350 kg of gold and 500 kg of silver as donations every year.
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The famous pilgrim center of Shri Saibaba temple in Shirdi, one of the richest temples in Maharashtra, has ornaments and jewellery worth over Rs. 32 crore and investments running into Rs. 450 crore according to official documents. The temple trust has gold worth Rs 24.41 crore, silver worth Rs 3.26 crore, silver coins worth Rs 6.12 lakh, gold coins worth Rs 1.288 crore and gold pendants worth Rs. 1.123 crore. Annual revenue of the trust is approximately Rs. 450 crore.
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MATA VAISHNO DEVI
The second most visited temple in the country after
Tirupathi Balaji, Vaishno Devi has
an annual income of Rs 500 crore.
Managed by the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board,
popularly called the Shrine Board,
the temple has a daily income of Rs 40 crore.

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SIDDHIVINAYAK MANDIR

Situated in the heart of Mumbai, the second
richest temple in the state of Maharastra
has an annual income of Rs 46 crore
and has Rs 125 crore in fixed deposits.
The temple known for its famous devotees
receives around
Rs 10-15 crores as donations
every year.
As per the financial records of Shree Siddhivinayak
Ganapati Temple Trust, the assets of the temple stood
at approximately Rs.140 crore for the year ended
March 2009.

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Run by a nine-member committee under the Kerala Dewaswom Board, the most famous Lord Krishna temple in South India makes Rs. 2.5 crore annually and has approximately Rs. 125 crore in fixed deposits.The most sought after puja at the temple, the Udayaasthamana Puja, has a wait list till the year 2049.The dawn to dusk Puja costs Rs 50,000.
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