Within 5 minutes walking distance you can visit (and pray…) in 3 famous Shrines of Bangkok : The Erawan Shrine (get favor), the Ganesha Shrine (get success) and the Trimurti shrine (get true love).
Erawan Shrine: On the way to work
The Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, known in Thai as Saan Phra Phrom or Saan Thao Maha Phrom, may be small, but its legacy is big. Locals stop on the way to work to pray or give thanks for favors.The statue of Phra Phrom—the Thai interpretation of the Hindu god Brahma—isn’t even very old. The original statue was vandalized beyond repair in 2006 and quickly replaced. Regardless, the Erawan Shrine continues to be popular with Buddhists, Hindus, and the Sikh community in Bangkok.
An old animist custom in Thailand, “spirit houses” are erected next to buildings to appease spirits potentially displaced by the construction. The larger the construction, the more extravagant a spirit house should be. Erawan Shrine began as the large spirit house for the state-owned Erawan Hotel built in 1956. According to lore, construction of the Erawan Hotel was plagued with mishaps, injuries, and even deaths. Professionals’ astrologers determined that the hotel was not constructed in an auspicious way. A statue of Brahma, the Hindu god of creation, was needed to make things right.
It worked; the Erawan Hotel later prospered.A shrine to Brahma was placed outside the hotel on November 9, 1956; it has evolved in beauty and function over the years. Even with humble origins as a troubled hotel’s spirit house, the Erawan Shrine has become one of the most visited shrines in the city!
Where Is the Erawan Shrine?
The famous shrine is located in the Pathum Wan District, in the very prominent Ratchaprasong intersection where Ratchadamri Road, Rama I Road, and Phloen Chit Road meet. The nearest BTS Skytrain station to Erawan Shrine is Chit Lom, although you can walk from Siam Station (the busiest and largest Skytrain station) in around 10 minutes. Chit Lom is on the Sukhumvit Line.The labyrinthine Central World shopping complex is just across the big intersection from the shrine.
For a more authentic experience, beat tour groups and visit Erawan Shrine during morning rush hour (between 7 and 8 a.m.) when locals are stopping to pray while on the way to work. Try not to interfere with worshipers who have limited time.
The traditional dancers often seen near the shrine actually aren’t there to attract or entertain tourists — although they do both. Worshipers who hope to gain merit or give thanks for prayers answered hire them.
Be respectful! Although the Erawan Shrine has become a tourist magnet, it’s still considered one of the most important Hindu shrines in Bangkok.
Giving a Gift
Although visiting the Shrines is free, some people choose to give a small gift. Cash from donation boxes is used to maintain the area and gets distributed to charities.
Numerous people selling flower garland (Phuang Malai) will probably approach you at the shrine. The beautiful, jasmine-scented chains are usually reserved for newlyweds, thanking high-ranking officials, and for adorning sacred places. Place the garland offering with the others on the railing that protects the statue.
Candles and joss sticks (incense) are also available. If you choose to buy some, light them all at once from one of the oil lamps that are kept burning. Wait in line, get to the front, give thanks or make a request as you hold the joss sticks with both hands, then place them in the designated trays.
Trimurti Shrine: The quest for true love. But not only… (health, fortune, work, money)
Located in front of the Central world next to the famous Ganesha shrine is known a the 3-headed god. Protects the worthy in all aspects of life. His compassionate, fierce, protective and righteous supremacy is respected all throughout heaven, earth and afterlife. Over time, as ancient tale give way to modern day traditions, Lord Trimurti is now most commonly known as a good of love and revered for his great ability to grant good luck in all matter of love, romance and relationships. It is believed that Lord Trimurti comes down from the heavens on Thursday morning and evening at 9h30 am /pm to bless visitors of this shrine. I recommend you to visit at this busy time. If nothing happens you can continue your shopping in Central world.
So if you are still single and would like to welcome true love to your life, here is what you do:
- Prepare 9 red roses or a rose flower garland
- 9 red incense sticks.
- One red candle (for a single person) two red candles (for a couple who would like to tighten the relationship.)
- Sit in front of the shrine and say the prayer that is written on a stone below the shrine. Then offer the roses to the god and put the candle and incense sticks in the pot.
Ganesha Shrine: The lord of success (work, business, education, project, fortune)
Located in front of Central world and next to Trimurti Shrine.
Ganeshais the son of Shiva and Parvati, he has an elephantine countenance and a huge pot-bellied body of a human being. He has four arms that holds various objects as below:
-The noose in his first hand signifies that cutting worldly attachments and conquer emotions.
-The Tri (weapon) in second hand, wich help him destroy the evils.
-The tusk in the 3rd hand signifies that removal of obstacles
-The kotok in the 4th hand signifies that abundance and success as Ganesha is the Lord of success. He is also worshipped as the good of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth.
You can find next to the shrine all the necessary things to prepare your offer including the wording to pronounce during your pray
Fruit: Banana, mango, papaya, sugar cane, watermelon
-Sweet: Milk, traditional Thai desert such as Thong Yot, Thong Yip, Look choop
-Flowers: Marigold, shoe flower, Chrysanthemum
Talad NEON ( Neon night market)
Neon Night Market in Pratunam (Talad Neon) 5 minutes walking from Central World has opened up on a stretch of vacant land on Petchaburi Road, between sois 23 and 29, close to Platinum Shopping Mall. This funky, youthful market is laid out in lines with shipping containers and stalls selling a variety of fashion, home ware and other trinkets. The use of shipping containers is a fairly new concept for Thailand, originally started (very successfully) by Art Box pop-up market . Opens from Wednesday to Sunday from 4pm until midnight.
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