What comes into one’s mind, when they hear Thailand? Crazy night parties, Pattaya Street, Fabulous beaches, and attractive landscapes. Right? But there is more to the country, the culture of Thailand can be traced back to ages ago which is clear due to the presence of innumerable ancient temples that dot the entire nation. These places have been worshipped for a very long time and have attracted tourists from all over the world. In this blog, I am thrilled and excited to share with you guys the unique experience I had in Bangkok Last Dussehra. I am sure you will learn about a beautiful place on this blog!
About the History of the Temple:
Sri Mahamariamman Temple is an ancient Thailand Hindu temple which reflects the architecture of the South-Indian temples quite beautifully. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Maha Uma, known as the Goddess of Rain in Southern India. Sri Maha Mariamman Temple is also locally known as Maha Uma Devi Temple and commonly called Wat Khaek. The word “Khaek” is a casual term used to describe people of Indian and Middle Eastern origins. Vaithi Padayatchi, a Tamil Hindu man who immigrated to Thailand decided to build the temple in 1879 as a reminder of his culture and reflection of his belief.
The temple’s front appearance is in the strikingly florid style of a riot of different colors with carved images of various gods and goddesses in different shapes and sizes. At the entrance to the temple, there is a gopura (is a monumental entrance tower, usually ornate, at the entrance of a Hindu temple) or tower 6 meters in height and covered with many carved images of deities. The main shrine of the temple complex is a dome with a covering of a gilded copper plate.
Last year during Dussehra we happened to be in Bangkok, Thailand. And a friend of mine discovered this beautiful temple, “Sri Mahamariamman Temple” on google which was just ten minutes away from our hotel. On Sunday morning, we headed out to Sri Maha Mariamman, which is also known as Wat Khaek Silom and it was worth it!! We were just awestruck for the entire time. The six of us stood with our mouth open in complete surprise!!
When we got down on pan road and started walking on the corners nearby the temple. We saw many kiosks that were selling saffron-colored marigold flower garlands for worshippers, some Indian food and sweets, some traditional jewelry, and as well as contrasting western style cafe and breakfast places.
The Temple is also famous for Thai and Chinese people who believe that Hindu Gods can help them in Business or ask for guidance in their life. The worshippers offer garlands, coconuts, and bananas. Meat is not offered. There are also minor shrines dedicated to the God Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu.
We saw people preparing with a great passion for the upcoming evening parade. The parade features a Uma image or idol which is decorated and carried through the local streets. We then learned that the Navratri festival is celebrated for 9 days and nights followed by a parade on the 10th day every year in September or October. And the road is annually blocked to allow the procession on the Sri Maha Mariamman image. The worshippers at the festival believe that it will bring them relief from the hard times.
The lady in the video wore a beautiful Indian outfit and did an amazing Aarti ceremony. I am glad and grateful that I was able to witness it and she also let us wave the lighted lamps before the image of a goddess Maha Uma. The vibes on that street were wonderful, in a spirit of humility and gratitude, wherein faithful followers were immersed in god’s divine form.
Another important festival that is celebrated in Sri Maha Mariamman is Deepavali. Visitors will hold the oil lamp ritual on most middays’ and on Fridays to brighten up the temple while also be distributed the God-blessed food.
Location: 2 Pan Rd, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
Opening hours: (Not available at Present)
Admission: They are no charges. While donation is encouraged
Rules: No shoes allowed inside the temple
Outfit: The basic rule is to cover your shoulders and knees.
I would highly recommend adding this place to your next Thailand trip despite your belief. It is just fascinating to see both architectural and cultural aspects of Hinduism outside our Nation where Indian descents never fail to keep in their traditions.
Visiting this temple was a homelike visit, it gave me the opportunity for a cultural exchange with others.
Here is a small video that I made. I hope you enjoy it!
Every day the sun rises to give us a message that darkness will always be beaten by light. Let us follow the same natural rule and enjoy the festival of ‘Good defeats Evil’. Let the rejoicing of festivity embrace you and the entire family on the occasion of the Vijaya Dashami festival. – unknown
Happy Dussehra everyone!!
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