Rainbow steps, Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

Postcard: Rainbow steps, Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

The Batu Caves are famous for the 272 rainbow steps you need to ascend to reach a Hindu temple set in a limestone, that are a true tourist magnet.

  • Batu Caves is a famous Hindu temple site close to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
  • The rainbow steps have 272 steps.
  • A giant statue guards the stairs to the temple, representing the Hindu deity Lord Muruga, a Tamil god.
  • The stairs are crawling with monkeys running all over with babies. The monkeys love to take photos with tourists.
  • The stairs leading to the caves were painted in rainbow colours in August 2018.
  • Batu Caves take its name from the Malay word batu, meaning ‘rock’.
  • The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India.
  • The wooden steps up to the Temple Cave were built in 1920.
  • The statue guarding the stairs, the statue of Lord Murugan is 42.7 metres high and it took 3 years to construct. 
  • The Batu Caves serve as the focus of the Tamil community’s yearly Thaipusam festival. They have become a pilgrimage site not only for Malaysian Hindus, but Hindus worldwide.
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