Sri Subramaniar Temple or famously known as Batu Caves sits majestically about 13 km from downtown Kuala Lumpur. This 116 years old main temple, dedicated to Lord Murugan is lodged in a cave about 400 feet above ground level. Batu Caves is a set of caverns in the limestone rock hill which is recognized as one of Malaysia’s national treasuries in 2007. It is one of the holiest Hindu shrines in Malaysia and is also one of Malaysia’s most popular tourist attractions.
The natural limestone cave structures have been used as a devotional site for over 120 years and every year between January and February, the Hindu devotees converge here during the ‘Thaipusam’ festival. Standing regally at the base of a 272-step staircase is a massive 140 feet tall statue of Lord Murugan, which is a masterpiece of our visionary leader, Tan Sri. Datuk R. Nadarajah, PJN, DPTJ, KMN,AMN,PJK. The statue was consecrated on 29th January 2006. The Sri Subramaniar temple in Batu Caves is the only temple in Malaysia that accommodates all Hindu deities for Hindu devotees in Malaysia. This is one of a kind and the first temple in Malaysia to implement such wonderful structure for its devotees.
Batu Caves has the strong backing of the Malaysian Government. On 8 August 2009, Datuk R. Nadarajah made an appeal to the Malaysian Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for funds to beautify the place. The Prime Minister accepted the request and granted a sum of RM 3.6 million under the Tourism Ministry to enhance Batu Caves where installation of mono tiles, new electrical fittings and drainage systems were built to make it a more conducive place for everyone. The Government also donated RM 4.6 million for the development of SRJK Batu Caves. The Management used this aid to build a new school block.
There are also many Indian restaurants serving up delicious Indian food and stalls selling all sorts of religious paraphernalia, Indian sweets and savory and souvenirs. The place is opened to visitors from 7 am to 9 pm daily. Apart from its rich history and past significance, visitors today can still marvel at the impressiveness that presents itself from these caves. A visit to Batu Caves be it on a normal day or during the Thaipusam festival, will promise you an exciting experience that you will never forget in your life.