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Lord Brahma

Temple History

The Erawan Shrine, formally the Thao Maha Phrom Shrine ("Shrine of Lord Brahma the Great"), is a Hindu shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, that houses a statue of Phra Phrom, the Thai representation of the Hindu god of creation Lord Brahma. A popular worship attraction, it often features performances by resident Thai dance troupes, who are hired by worshippers in return for seeing their prayers at the shrine answered.

In 1951, Police General Phao Sriyanont commissioned the construction of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel at the Ratchaprasong Intersection in order to accommodate government visitors from overseas. It is said that a series of accidents occurred during the initial stage of the construction.

When the construction was nearly completed in late 1956, the Syndicate of Thai Hotels and tourists Enterprises Limited, the management of the hotel, requested Rear Admiral Luang Suvichanpat, Royal Thai Navy Chief Medical Officer, who was an expert in astrology, to find an auspicious time for the hotel’s grand opening. Rear Admiral Luang Suvichanpat advised that the accidents happened because no ceremony was conducted to tell sacred beings that dwelled in the area about the construction.

Moreover, the hotel’s foundation stone laying ceremony was not perform at the right time. “Erawan” is considered a sacred name since it is the name of Indra’s elephant; therefore, it was necessary to make offerings in a proper manner. To make things right, they needed to seek blessings from Brahma (Phra Phrom) to ward off all mishaps and immediately build the Erawan Shrine where Brahma is housed after the hotel’s construction was completed. A spirit house must also be set up inside the hotel.

 

Additional Information

The Erawan Shrine is a sacred shrine and is respected by Thais and foreigners. Erawan Shrine in Bangkok is Brahman, not strictly Buddhist. And yet, this famous shrine attracts more visitors than many of the city's temples. Each day, countless followers travel to the shrine to make offerings. Many tourists arrange a visit specifically to the shrine. Besides having peace of mind and being loved by others, people pray to the shrine for their wishes to come true. Once their prayers are answered, some will arrange a Menora performance (Lakhon Chatri) or Thai classical dance before Brahma while others offer carved wooden elephants in return. Seeking blessing, people offer flower garlands with 7 colors and about 4 meters in length to Brahma, paste gold leaves on his elephants and sprinkle holy water onto themselves for good luck. Praying to Brahma is believed to boost mental and physical strength. In fact, every believer of every religion shall give love to each other before expecting that others love them, and shall also love all things that call for pure love.

From Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok Erawan Shrine is 40.5 km and from Bangkok Railway Station it is 6.5 Km. Erawan Shrine from Police General Hospital bus stop is just 120 m

From Chit Lom BTS Station Erawan Shrine is 100 m.


Erawan Shrine is located at a very busy intersection (crossing Rajadamri and Phloenchit Roads) with the skytrain going almost overhead in two different direction (one off to Silom Road, the other to Sukhumvit Road).
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