Mariamman Hindu Temple, Bangkok

Mariamman Hindu Temple, Bangkok (must see)

Located in Bang Rak district and standing proudly on the corner of a busy street, the Mariamman Temple is one of the two Indian style Hindu Temples in Bangkok. The main god of the temple is Maha Mariamman also known as Uma Devi. She is the renowned Goddess of Death worshipped for her power to protect her believers against disease and death. Many important deities of Hindus are present in the shrine and worshippers can pray there. Some of these statues were specially brought from India to be placed in the Bangkok temple. The crowded courtyard also contains a small shrine that houses the Shiva Lingam, a symbol associated by some to a phallus.

The area around the temple is crowded with stalls of different kinds, many of them selling flower garlands to the visitors as a way to pay homage to the gods inside the temple. A gold shop is also strategically located near the temple because for Indians gold is a metal of demi-gods and monarchs.

In the early years, worshipping at a Mariamman Temple situated anywhere in the world was restricted to Hindus only. Nowadays, the temples are open for everyone including worshipers as well as tourists.

The Mariamman Temple is rich in colors and ornaments. It is designed and built in the Chola and Pallava architectural style which is particular to the temples of southern India. The elaborate carvings on the walls and the exterior of the temple catch the eye of the beholder. The smell of burning incense sticks spreads through the air and if you pass by them while the worshipers are lost in prayer you will know what they mean by calling this a "mini spiritual India".

Why You Should Visit:
If you're keen to visit an Indian temple outside of India, then this is a must!
Small but very detailed – there's something amazing to look at wherever you turn.

Tip:
Unlike most other temples, once you enter photos are not to be taken.

Opening Hours:
Sat-Thu: 6am-8pm; Fri: 6am-9pm
Free admission

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Sight Name: Mariamman Hindu Temple
Sight Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: Places of Worship Walk in Bangkok  

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