Welcome To Cave Villa
One of the great experience that I had when I was on the Batu Caves is having a chance to witness the beauty of different sculptures, paintings and work or arts inside the Cave Villa of Batu Cave. It shows Hindu history in any form of art with colorful lighting to emphasize each artworks.
I just got a little bit disappointed because the entrance fee cost almost 15 RM each. To be honest, it’s kind of expensive and I don’t find the price reasonable to the service.
Here are some of the pictures I took inside the cave.
Lord of Dance
Nataraja (Sanskrit: “the lord of dance”), is a depiction of the Hindu god Shiva as the cosmic ecstatic dancer. His dance is called Tandavam or Nadanta, depending on the context of the dance. The pose and artwork is described in many Hindu texts such as the Anshumadbhed agama and Uttarakamika agama, the dance relief or idol featured in all major Hindu temples of Shaivism.
In Indian culture, Indian people know Nataraja as a popularly used sculptural symbol. In particular, as one of the finest illustrations of Hindu art. The sculpture is symbolic of Shiva as the lord of dance and dramatic arts. With its style and proportions made according to Hindu texts on arts. It typically shows Shiva dancing in one of the Natya Shastra poses, holding Agni (fire) in his left back hand, the front hand in gajahasta or dandahasta mudra, the front right hand with a wrapped snake that is in abhaya (fear not) mudra while pointing to a Sutra text, and the back hand holding a musical instrument usually a damaru.
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Muruga was originally sextuplets (6 babies) when born. These babies are sleeping on each lotus flower. When the perfect time came, these babies transformed into one.
Aside from statues of Hindu Gods, you will also find musical instruments outside the cave villa.
Mini Zoo with Creepy Reptiles
Honestly, The reptile zoo on the last corner of the cave made this place disappointing. I don’t think it’s nice to include a mini zoo inside an artwork cave. Most animals are inside the dark caves and they are in small terrariums without anything else than sand and rocks. They look really sad and unhealthy and the cave smells really bad. One thing that scared us more is to see the different kinds of snakes on terrariums without any cover on top. I’m pretty sure that they are capable to escape on that setup.