john tiong chunghoo

Silver Star - 4,470 Points (Jan 21,1960 / Sibu, Sarawak, Borneo East Malaysia)

Visit Malaysia Year Haiku - Batu Caves (State Of Selangor) - Poem by john tiong chunghoo

Batu Cave temples and shrines
excited for alms
the monkeys and priests

Batu Caves is a beautiful hill just outside Kuala Lumpur where Tamil Indian has turned into a place of worship in the last 100 years. They also have placed the tallest statue of the Hindu God Muruga just outside the cave. There are mainly temples around the cave though the popular ones are in the main cave itself. Every year thousands of hindu devotees come here for Thaipusam where devotees in a trance carry kavadi up the 272 steps to the main cave. When I was there, I found monkeys excited for food. The priests too are all expecting me to go to their shrines. I visited each of them giving about RM5 for some prayers to the deities such as Goddess Amman and Lord Ganesan among others. In one of the caves, one can see statues of Hindu Gods and Goddesses taken from scenes of the Ramayana.


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 14, 2010



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