From the web: Culture & History — 09 September 2018

… with the 272 steps leading up to the Batu Caves (a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in Gombak, Selangor) painted in a dazzling array of colours. Published on BBC on September 1, 2018.

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The cave is one of the most popular Tamil shrines outside India, and dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia. Located on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, the complex is both a pilgrimage site and popular with tourists. Its hugely instagrammable new look has been a hit with visitors.The steps have been painted in a kaleidoscope of bright colours ahead of a Hindu ritual that is conducted in temples every 12 years, which will take place Friday.

However, local media report the temple’s management committee could be in trouble with the government for allegedly failing to get permission for the paint job – the site is protected under heritage laws.

Enjoy these images, then, in case the decorators have to return.

Temple

Temple 3

Temple 4

Temple 7

Temple 5

Temple 6

All images credit to AFP

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