Almost a year ago, days before March 8, 2014, before the country of Malaysia figured in the eye of a maelstrom of tragedies, I was there.
I visited the Batu Caves in Selangor, one of Malaysia’s biggest tourist draw. The caves formed by limestone, reputed to be about 400 million years old are accessed by a steep inclined climb to the entrance. Malaysian tourism information says there are 272 steps, but it seemed like more than that. Each step was a trudge, but with the help of a young fellow tourist, Rulan from Kazakhstan, who cheered me on with each step, I made it, trying to avoid the monkeys frolicking on each side of the steps trying to befriend people walking by, especially those they sensed carrying food.
Three outstanding caves with worshipers praying by the temples and shrines caught my attention. Paintings and icons of Hindu Gods are everywhere.
Aside from the monkeys, birds were everywhere, in and out of the caves and flitting over people on the square.