Hindu Shrines

A visit to the busy Ratchaprasong intersection is a must for any visitor to Bangkok. Day or night, rain or shine, tourists and locals flock to the Erawan Shrine, believed by many to be one of the most auspicious in Thailand. The shrine holds the Hindu god Brahma, known in Thai as Phra Phrom. There are many who claim their wishes have been granted here, but even if you do not believe in such things, it is still a spectacle worth visiting; the overhead sky bridge connecting Chidlom BTS Station and CentralWorld shopping centre makes an excellent vantage point.

A shrine to Indra, the supreme ruler of all the Hindu Gods is just down the road from Erawan Shrine to the east. Housed in the Indra Shrine, and made of dark jade, the statue is located in front of Amarin Plaza. Indra is regarded as the god of thunder and rain, the god of war, and the deity that looks after mankind. Visitors often notice the abundance of wooden elephants offered to this god, as Lord Erawan, the god of elephants, was his celestial vehicle.

Across the road from the Indra Shrine in front of the Intercontinental Hotel is the Vishnu Shrine, a remarkable memorial to the Hindu God Vishnu. The protector and preserver of creation, Vishnu is perched on the shoulders of a Garuda, the half-man half-bird creature found on the official crest of Thailand. Princess Sita, his reincarnated consort Lakshmi, is depicted close by on the fourth floor of Gaysorn Plaza. This Lakshmi Shrine is for the goddess of good fortune, wealth and prosperity, which is fitting, as Gaysorn is home to high-end brands. From that vantage point, you can see the Ganesha Shrine in front of CentralWorld shopping centre, honouring the elephant-head Hindu god (known in Thai as Phra Bikanes) who holds a special place in the hearts of many Thais. The god of accomplishment, wisdom and wealth, Ganesha is the preferred deity to visit when seeking success. The worship of Ganesha is another indication of the fusion of Hindu deities in Thai customs and rituals, along with the shrine immediately adjacent to it, the Trimutri Shrine, which has its own special aura. While this classical golden Indian sculpture was also built for those seeking prosperity and happiness, it is popularly known as The Lover’s Shrine, for its apparent effectiveness in helping worshippers find romance.

The proximity of all six Hindu gods means you can easily visit each one in less than a day, covering all your bases for success, wealth, luck, and love, with plenty of time for shopping and dining in the lively Ratchaprasong area.

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