I VISITED the Batu Caves temple in mid-December with my family, my uncle and his family.
We were appalled by the condition of the surroundings of the temple.
Firstly, I observed that the metal railings were corroded. I was worried for my children and advised them not to touch them for fear of being cut.
Secondly, a stench was coming from the clogged drains.
Thirdly, the steps inside the cave leading to the inner temple were very slippery and we had to tread very carefully for fear of falling down.
Fourthly, graffiti could be seen on the exterior wall of the temple sanctum.
Lastly, rubbish was strewn everywhere.
Apparently, these glaring defects have gone unnoticed by the management committee of the Sri Maha Mariamman Kuil Devasthanam.
The Batu Caves temple is a very famous monument and has been pictured in various travel brochures.
While we were there, there were many tourists admiring the temple structures.
I wonder what they would have thought after seeing the appalling state of the temple.
I believe the management committee has the funds to rectify the defects.
My sincere wish is to see that the temple is kept clean and free of all defects which in turn will leave a lasting impression on all those who visit it.
K. KANGATHARAN, Singapore.
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