Sri Mariamman Temple | A Unique Dussehra Celebration in Silom, Bangkok

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.

Gopuram Sculptures Of Sri Mariamman Temple
Gopuram Sculptures Of Sri Mariamman Temple, Thailand
Front View Of Sri Mariamman Temple
Front View Of Sri Mariamman Temple

My Experience:

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.

saffron-colored marigold flower garlands
Saffron-colored marigold flower garlands
saffron-colored marigold flower garlands

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. 

Devotees Inside Sri Mariamman Temple
Devotees Inside Sri Mariamman Temple

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.

Pretty lady from Silom Street
Pretty lady from Silom Street
Decoration on the Silom street
Decoration on the Silom street

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

Location:  2 Pan Rd, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand

District: Silom

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!!

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog! I would love to know your views about this beautiful place in the comment section.

Also, do not forget to share the blog with your loved ones.

Stay Blessed!

17 COMMENTS

  1. I just love this Thai touch.
    Every bit of the story has a touch of India.
    It’s amazing how the world links cultures and evolves!
    Thanks for this piece PJ!

  2. Too good!!!🥰 Really amazed by reading this ☺️ as always u add up something new😊 keep going dear. Waiting to read Ur more writeups

  3. Very good post. Highly informative for those interested in attending the unique Dussehra at Sri Marianna Temple in Bangkok. Keep up the good work.

  4. This is an amazing blog😊😊 I love the way you write you take us. Through your journey .I have added this place in my bucket list☺ waiting for more blogs from you

  5. It was so exciting to read this Awesome blog Pooja😘😘.. keep up
    the good work✨✨ waiting for more✨✨

  6. Once again! Very well written blog! Super proud of how far you’ve come along. Hoping to visit this place next year with you! Cheers to that. Happy Dussera♥

  7. Reading this blog made me walk thru the beautiful experience and essence of culture 😍

    Good job Poo

  8. Awesome work!! I am happy that our tradition has been following around the world. Thanks for making us aware that the Dussehra festival is celebrating in Thailand. Keep up the good work!

  9. So beautiful explained.. I did not knew most of the things. It was very interesting to learn about this beautiful place😇

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