The 272 steps to Batu Caves – a famous Hindu temple site near Kuala Lumpur – received a rainbow paint that is sure to brighten up the scene for visitors flocking to the site to explore the caves Incredible limestone caves and historic temples. The colorful new steps have become popular with Instagram users, but this religious site is also home to many Hindus pilgrimage and houses the giant golden statue of Lord Murugan.
The site was designated a heritage site in 2012, and the Jakarta Post reports that when it comes to developments or renovations near the site, conservation measures must be overcome. Appropriate rules have been followed for renovations, including work on all 13 temples found in caves, the temple management said. However, the National Heritage Bureau will have to consider the changes, as the new paint work could put the temple at risk of being removed from the list.
The restoration was completed in time for a Hindu ritual held at the temple every 12 years. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people also come to the caves to participate in the Thaipusam festival in late January or early February.