This picture was taken during our awe-inspiring trip through Malaysia. The limestone caves, Batu Caves, are located to the North of the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. They got their name from the Malaysian word „batu“, which means stone and the English word „cave“. Even though the entire cave system has been known as a cult site to the local tribes in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia it was only officially discovered by the American William Hornaday in 1878. Since then it quickly became a popular tourist attraction. The Temple Cave is not only home to a number of different Hindu shrines, but is also the largest cave of the system with a ceiling height of up to 100 metres. More Hindu statues can be found in the Museum or the Gallery Cave. The Batu Caves are not only used as a display area for artifacts of the Hindu religion, but is also an actively used cult site where the Thaipusam Festival is celebrated every year in January.
The pictures shows one of those incredibly impressive Hindu altars, which is located in the very depth of the cave. We climbed the 272 steep stairs to the entrance of the cave in the early morning in order to enjoy those beautiful views inside the limestone cave. At that time they are illuminated by the shy light of the rising sun, with only a handful of other visitors. During our time in the cave we were also able to experience some Indian ceremonies, which were held at the colourful shrines. I was so fascinated by all those Hindu statues and the natural light, which found its way into the cave through small and big openings in the ceiling, that I spent over an hour capturing this unique scene with my camera. But even if I wouldn’t have documented those moments in pictures, I am sure I will always remember this very special morning I spent in the Batu Caves in Malaysia.
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