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140 Ft, Gold Painted Statue Of Lord Murugan Outside The Batu Caves

140 Ft, Gold Painted Statue Of Lord Murugan Outside The Batu Caves

Combak, Selangor, MALAYSIA
Photographed by Rakesh N. the view of the Lord Murugan Statue beautifully showcases the grandeur of the statue outside the Batu Caves. Learn more about the caves and the statue.

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Lord Murugan
A Short History Of The Batu Caves
140 Ft, Gold Painted Statue Of Lord Murugan Outside The Batu Caves

In 1878, American naturalist William Temple Hornaday stumbled upon a vast limestone cave system in Peninsular Malaysia. Until then only the local residents had known about the caves, but Hornaday made their existence known to the world.

Then, in 1891, leader of the Tamil Hindu community, K. Thamboosamy Pillay built the first temple inside the caves. Believed to have been inspired by the cave entrance, which resembled the vel, a spear wielded by the deity Murugan.

Today, the Batu Caves are the largest tourist attraction in Malaysia. Located only thirteen kilometres from Kuala Lumpur, the caves are a site of the Tamil Hindus’ pilgrimage and the location of the Thaipusam festival.

Two hundred and seventy two steps lead up to the entrance of the largest of the Caves, known as the Temple Cave or the Cathedral Cave. Along the path of the stairway lies other temple entrances, such as the Dark Cave, the Cave Villa, and the Ramayana Cave.

These caves can also be explored and hold many paintings, statues and more. The Ramayana Cave is known by the statue of Hanuman, the monkey god and the hero of an epic Indian poem titled Ramayanadepictions of the poem decorate the walls of the Ramayana Cave.

The Cave Villa is home to both the Museum Cave and the Art Gallery Cave, in which one can view many statues and paintings. The Dark Cave is the only one of the caves which is not always open to the public, however they can also be visited on occasion.

The Statue Of Lord Murugan

Outside the entrance of the Batu Caves stands the imposing hundred and forty foot, gold painted statue in the image of the Tamil deity, Lord Murugan.

Unveiled in 2006, during the Thaipusam festival, the statue was the combined work of fifteen Indian sculptures. Together, these sculptures build the tallest statue of Lord Murugan in the world, but the statue is also the tallest in Malaysia and the third tallest Hindu statue in the world to date. The statue took three years to complete.

The construction of the statue required three hundred and fifty tons of steel bars, as well as one thousand five hundred and fifty cubic metres of concrete. Upon completion, three hundred litres of gold paint was used to decorate the statue.

The view of the Lord Murugan Statue showcased above was photographed by Rakesh N.

Learn more about the Lord Murugan statue HERE.

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