Title: The Divine Hands
Location: Indian Temple @ Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 30 July 2009, 2:38pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.3, ISO Equiv.: 1000

Her right hand was holding some grapes. Not sure about that object on her left hand.

Title: The Intense Stare
Location: Indian Temple @ Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 30 July 2009, 2:32pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.3, ISO Equiv.: 450

This is a close-up shot of a life size statue. It's a mythical strange looking statue...with two horns and a body that look like a peacock!

Title: Statue 1
Location: Indian Temple @ Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 30 July 2009, 2:39pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 1600

I can only think of two words to describe this statue....DEEP THINKER :)

Title: Statue 2
Location: Indian Temple @ Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 30 July 2009, 2:38pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 500

A statue complete with head gear and nose ring. The facial colouration and toning look believable.

Title: Statue 3
Location: Indian Temple @ Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 30 July 2009, 2:40pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.3, ISO Equiv.: 1600

Another impressive large-sized statue. There is a 'U' like symbol on the deity's forehead. Not sure the actual meaning of that symbol.

Title: Statue 4
Location: Indian Temple @ Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 30 July 2009, 2:39pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 500

The facial expression on these statues changes when you look at it from a different angle.

I'm a nonbeliever or practically a humanist. But then again, I was blown away witnessing these amazing work of art in the Hindu temple. The statues look surreal....the colours, the facial expression, the hand gesture, the costume design and everything else look 'authentic' to me.

Later, I walked to the back of this temple and discovered partially hidden pathway that leads to another temple. The view from this second temple is AWESOME! I can almost see the entire Batu Caves from here!

Click here to read my previous posts about Batu Caves:


Batu Caves - Getting there

In Kuala Lumpur

Batu Caves is located in Gombak district, which is accessible through Jalan Kuching and Middle Ring Highway. The easiest way to get to Batu Caves is to take the KTM commuter train from KL Sentral station to the Sentul Station.

Otherwise you can catch a bus from downtown KL.

* During Thaipusam, there are many public buses that take you there from Puduraya and Kotaraya. Just look out for signs indicating Batu Caves. The LRT and KTM also operates till late to accommodate passengers.

For more information, call KTM at +6 03 2267 1200 or visit http://www.ktmb.com.my/

More info:

a) http://www.journeymalaysia.com/MHIS_batucaves.htm
b) http://www.malaysiasite.nl/batucaveseng.htm

Thaipusam Celebration in Batu Caves - YouTube Video:

Documentary of the celebrations of Thaipusam, a sacred festival to Lord Murugan,
drawing over one million people to Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Video
was recorded in 2007 courtesy of HinduismTodayVideos

Batu Caves - Google Maps:



9 comments

  1. Arkaon Says:
  2. Hey teach.. u really put quite good into this blog. Is this a full time for you? You could be a web developer. and.. uh, the Ulysses quote should be 'To strive to seek to find and learn but not to yield'; But I think both are ok.

    Going all the way,
    Arkaon/Roke

     
  3. shloke Says:
  4. @Arkaon,

    A picture is worth a thousand words.

    I fell in love with photography since I bought my very first Nikon D60 camera. I'm no techie guru but just an ordinary blogger :)

    About that quote, yep I guess both version is good for me.

    Nah...not blogging for full time. Just a hobby. You can't survive blogging full time.

    By the way, one more month to go. Remember to study hard and get good results!

    Cheers!
    mylo

     
  5. Roger Says:
  6. Hibiscus is my favourite flower.My three hibiscus plants flower all the time. By the way, is the Pine Tree Trail in Fraser's Hill as tough as the trail in Cameron going up to the mountain summit(not Gunung Brinchang)? Will be driving up on Monday.

     
  7. Roger Says:
  8. Sir, I read your adventure on the Pine Tree Trail on Fraser's Hill. Fortunately you came out in one piece. While trekking I eat constantly. To eat only when one is hungry may be a bit too late. May I add that a medical kit and survival kit besides ample water and food are also essential. Is this the wet season on Fraser's now since I'll be going on Monday.

     
  9. shloke Says:
  10. @Roger,

    I can't really make any good comparison between Cameron and Pine Tree trek. I've only trek to Gunung Brinchang via Sg. Palas opening.

    You may want to check out K.C. Leong's blog about his treeking to Gunung Irau in Cameron Highlands. This guy has trekked numerous challenging trails in Malaysia and in other countries. You can read about his personal comments on Pine Tree and Gunung Irau:

    a) http://penguin-r2.blogspot.com/search/label/Trekking%20-%20Irau (Gunung Irau trek, Cameron Highlands)

    b) http://penguin-r2.blogspot.com/search/label/Trekking%20-%20Pine%20Tree (Pine Tree Trail)

    Are you trekking alone??? Remember to inform the TIC (Tourist Information Counter) about your intention to trek the trail before you start your journey.

    Overall, Pine Tree Trail is a long, long trail, one way up and down + interestingly, the trail is not monotone....you'll have to ascend, descend, ascend and descent again. Also avoid trekking on rainy or cloudy day...I think there are only two wooden shelter over there (at the beginning of the trail)

    Cheer!
    mylo

     
  11. shloke Says:
  12. @Roger,

    Call me Alex :)

    I was too excited about conquering Pine Tree trail. I can't even sleep properly the night before. I entered the forest only with my camera bag and missed out my backpack of water and food. It was one of the biggest mistake in my life. In addition, it started to rain when I was returning to the starting point. It was really wet and slippery. Imagine trying to negotiate your steps and also crawling and climbing over those big fallen trees.

    There might be rain on next Monday (afternoon). You may want to check out (Malaysia Meteorologucal Dept) for 7 days weather outlook in Fraser's Hill:

    http://www.met.gov.my/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=696&Itemid=905

    Cheers!
    mylo

     
  13. Roger Says:
  14. Thanks Alex for your info. Glad you emerged unscathed. A lack of food and water could have sapped your energy and led to disorientation. From your description I think it's similar to one trail in Cameron which leads to the summit of Gunung Beremban (1812 m), taking about 4 hours. I've trekked in Cameron in the wet season, and like you fell several times on the slippery and treacherous trails. Most people I have seen underestimate the inherent dangers of trekking in a jungle, and are totally unprepared in terms of food supplies, equipment and survival kit.Anyway my friend has backed out so I've to abort the trip. Haven't been back to Fraser's in years.

     
  15. Roger Says:
  16. Alex, you must be aware of this group called KC and the Sunshine Runners from KL? They'll be trekking in Nepal soon.

     
  17. shloke Says:
  18. @Roger,

    No problem. Glad I can help out a bit. I guess we shall avoid trekking during rainy seasons.

    Actually, Fraser's Hill is no longer a prime destination for tourist. The place look like a rundown resort town. But then again, Fraser's Hill is still a heaven for bird enthusiast and trekkers.

    Yep, KC and the Runners - a bunch of 'serious' runners and trekkers. Trekking in Nepal??? That sounds so tempting!

    Cheers!
    mylo

     
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