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The epicentre of the annual Thaipusam procession, Batu Caves is famous for the festival, the almost 43-metre tall statue of Lord Murugan and the main cavern behind it—combined they form one of Malaysia’s iconic images.

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The first sight that hits you when you approach the complex is the massive (at 42.7 metres the world’s tallest) statue of Lord Murugan. A son of Shiva, he is known by umpteen names around India, but his worship is most associated with the Tamil people of the deep south. As Tamils make up the bulk of ethnic Indians in Malaysia (and Singapore too) it should come as no surprise that Lord Murugan is particularly important to the local Hindu ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,100 words.)


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