Batu Caves are located just outside of Kuala Lumpur and are one of
top attractions. The limestone caves of this complex contain many
Hindus shrines, and is one of only 10 Hindu temples in the world
dedicated to the Hindu God Murugan. Murugan is particularly revered by
and the site is the focus of the Malaysian Hindu community's Thaipusam
celebrations. The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave
Murugan a Vel (spear) so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman.
The entry to the limestone cave resembles that spear, and hence this
spot's selection for the temple. The sprawling complex contains temples in two caves on the ground level, as well as the
more spectacular limestone cave temples that await visitors following
climb to the mouth of the caves' entrance. The major temples and
their significance is explained in the virtual tour below, which is
available both as a desktop tour and as an VR tour which
permits viewing via a headset, such as Google Cardboard.
Traveler's VR Batu Caves Tour
Virtual Reality Tour for VR Headsets
is also a version of this tour that works with VR headsets (such as
Google Cardboard) and it runs on both iPhones and Android phones. It
may be accessed by scanning the QR code to the left. If you are viewing
this on a smartphone, you may access the tour by clicking on this link.
For iOS devices: scan QR
code with device camera app, tap on prompt to open Safari, select
"allow device motion" and on the next prompt "allow access to motion
orientation." Turn device to landscape mode and a split screen will
appear. When the screen turns white, swipe up for fullscreen and place
device in headset. Here is a video of how to do this--it
than it sounds! [Video opens in a separate window-close window to
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For Android devices:
use the phone's camera to scan the QR code, and then select the tour
you want to visit. Wait for the tour to load. Tour will appear in a
split screen, and tap on the "X" and the bottom menu to go fullscreen.
Turn the phone to portrait mode, place in headset and enjoy the tour.
Here is a video
on how to do it--it
is simpler than it sounds! [Video opens in a separate window-close window to
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