Thailand is the hub for a lot of tourists from all over the world especially from India. Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand has many temples which embodies peace and serenity. Bangkok is where you can enjoy beautiful sights, beaches and then the temples. For all the Hindu tourists out there, Bangkok has great places to offer your prayers. Thai People worship Hindu Gods as their own Gods. They widely believe in the stories and also they have given different names to the Gods. For instance, Lord Ganesha is called the God of Arts. Whoever is an artist there, they do pray to the Lord Ganesha regularly. They also follow a certain traditions. Buddhism is the major religion in Thailand but it is a multi religious country.It also has Christianity, Hinduism, Islam etc. Sometimes, Hindu traditions and the Buddhist traditions are somewhat similar, therefore Thailand is truly a multicultural country.
8 Magnificent Hindu Temples In Bangkok
To begin with, there are many ancient temples in Bangkok, Thailand and it is somewhat fun to visit all these place. If you are from India, and you visit a hindu temple outside your home country, the feeling is only different. Thus, here are some ancient hindu temples in Bangkok,Thailand that you have to visit.
1. Sri Maha Mariamman Temple at Silom Road
The most popular Hindu temple in Bangkok, Thailand is the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple. It is also known as ‘Wat Khaek’ temple which refers to the Indian culture in Thailand. Also known as Uma Devi temple, this temple is based on the South Indian architecture and dates back to 1879. After India turned into a colony of the British Raj, some people from Tamil Nadu have left the country. They came to Thailand as gemstones traders and then, a leader of their group called as Vaithi built this temple. This temple is in the street in Silom, which is also known as Vithy Lane. This temple has three shrines in total which are dedicates to the Lords Ganesh, Karthik. The main shrine is for Maha Mariamman. The temple is built according to the gopuram style which is quite prominent in the South Indian Temples.
Location: Silom,Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Timings: 6am-8pm Mon-Thu, to 9pm Fri, to 8.30pm Sat & Sun
Entry Fee: 60 Baht
2. Erawan Shrine, Bangkok
The Erawan Shrine, was built in 1956 by the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel in the Pathum Wan district. There are many shopping centers nearby, so a lot of tourists do come over here for worshipping and shopping. There are other shrines for worshipping the other gods too like Phra Trimurti, Phra Khanet etc. This shrine represents or stages the idol of Lord Brahma. This shrine was constructed when an astrologer suggested the Erawan Hotel people to build a small shrine to ward off all the negative energies. And the owner did just that. Also, it is visited by many tourists all over the world.
Location: Ratchadamri Rd, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan
Timings: 6AM- 8PM
Entry Fee: Free admission
3. Wat Vishnu Temple or Wat Witsanu Temple
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This temple is also known as Wat Witsanu temple. It is one of the offbeat temples but it is a very peaceful one. This temple is quite hard to find as it acts as it is hidden. Also, you need to tell the driver the exact location as it is hard to get the perfect location. The reason why is a very few people know about this temple.
Location: Yan Nawa, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
4. Indra Shrine At Amarin Plaza
This shrine is just opposite the Narayana Statue which is in front of the Intercontinental Hotel.The temple is just in the same street of the Erawan shrine. This shrine is dedicated to the Lord Indra who is the supreme ruler of gods. There are also small elephant figurines over here. These hindu shrines and temples are very close to each other. Thus, all the hindus and the locals go to these temples. You can also buy marigold flowers from the local shops and give the God as an offering.
Location: 18/5 Phloen Chit Rd, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan
Entry Fee: Nominal entry fee
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5. The Narayana Shrine in Intercontinental Hotel
There are a total of 5 various hindu shrines dedicated to each god near the Narayana shrine. This is located in the Intercontinental hotel. A lot of locals believe that Lord Narayana is the protector of the locals and their livelihood. The Lord also protects them from any illness. Thus, they worship this Lord regularly. You can easily see the Narayana Statue under the Ratchaprasong Sky Bridge. A lot of people believe that this Lord brings peace and spirituality.
Location: Intercontinental Hotel
6. Goddess Lakshmi Shrine
As told before, there are 5 shrines near the Narayana Shrine in Bangkok. Goddess Lakshmi is the consort of Lord Narayana and she symbolizes wealth and fortune. She stands beautifully in pink robes. This shrine is located on the 4th floor of a shopping mall in Bangkok. You can got the Gaysorn shopping mall. You can offer pink flowers, coins and other symbols of wealth.
Location: 999 Ploenchit Road | Gaysorn Plaza
7. Trimurti Shrine
Again, this shrine is located in front of the Central World Bangkok. This is near to the Ganesh Temple which is also located near the Central World Bangkok. You have a certain way of offering your obeisances to the God. You need to offer exactly nine red incense sticks, red candles, red roses and fruits. The best time to visit this shrine is in the evening time. This God basically grants all the wishes of love and prosperity which explains the red roses and fruits.
Location: Central World Bangkok
Timings: It is open till night
8. Ganesh Shrine
The Lord Ganesh shrine is again next to the Trimurti Shrine near Central World Bangkok. This Lord is famous with career oriented people especially the students and teachers. They offer prayers to this God for wisdom and good luck. You can offer flowers and incense sticks.
Location: Central World Bangkok
Bangkok despite being the fun capital of world, it boasts of some beautiful Hindu temples with stunning architecture. Even if you are not of the same faith, you can still visit these temples and appreciate the marvel of their architecture and beautiful surroundings they possess while on your Thailand vacation.
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