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The 8 Shrines at Ratchaprasong

Your magical journey to meet the powerful Gods of Ratchaprasong begins from the moment you arrive in Thailand, a deeply spiritual land where the contrasts between the bustling streets and organized chaos of commerce sit alongside the timelessness of temples, peace, and shrines. 

As you arrive at Bangkok downtown - whether by BTS Chitlom, taxi, boat, car, motorcycle or by foot, here you are welcomed by 8 most magnificent & powerful Gods, all located within the Ratchaprasong District.  

The backdrop of a global modern metropolis stands next to the timeless Gods that rule over the heavens, earth, and the afterlife. Learn about ancient Brahmin, Hindu and Buddhist gods and immerse yourself in one of the most unique districts the world has to offer. Busy street sounds of a buzzing metropolis give way to subtle sounds of chants and prayers. Sweet smelling flowers, incense, and flickering candles create serenity for this spiritual district.

 

Meet the Gods of Ratchaprasong

Here lies a mythological land where Gods of Creation and Goddesses of Fortune and Wealth reign supreme. The Ratchaprasong District is to Thailand as Mount Olympus would be for Greek mythology; it is here that the Thai legend unfolds.

Located just a few steps from Thailand’s most famous commercial and shopping district conveniently in the middle of Bangkok, here you can visit, worship and learn more about the 8 Gods of Ratchaprasong.

As Bangkok’s spiritual epicenter, the sacred Ratchaprasong intersection offers spiritual seekers, both foreign and Thai, a very special opportunity to pay homage, make offerings, atone sins as well as to relish in the auspicious presence of these highly revered Gods & Goddesses of the Ratchaprasong District. Good karma and the best in life beyond.

We wish that the 8 Gods and Goddesses may answer your prayers and leave you spiritually blessed at Ratchaprasong.

Erawan Shrine

Erawan Shrine

Known as the “Creator” the Erawan Shrine located at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel has 4 faces, 4 hands equipped with 4 sacred items and weapons to ward off evil. Born on a lotus blossom raised from the belly button of the God of Protection, his holiness and might reigns supreme. The Erawan Shrine also known as Tao Maha Phrom Shrine is the most well known of the nine shrines of Ratchaprasong. It’s one of Thailand’s most sacred shrines & one of Bangkok’s most visited tourist sites attracting large crowds every day. The Erawan Shrine features Brahma the god of creation, the King of the Gods. The image is made from gold. It is believed that Brahma decides the fate of every living creature by using the karma of each individual as a tool to measure worthiness in this life and the afterlife. Each of the four faces of Brahma at Erawan has a meaning. The front face is Career, the left face is Romance, back face is Money and the right face is Health. To make a prayer flowers, joss sticks & candles can be purchased inside the shrine, or at stalls on the street outside. Brahma has four faces and each one should be prayed to in turn, starting with the face facing the shrine entrance and continuing clockwise. Each face receives 1 candle, 1 bunch of flowers and 3 joss sticks at the altar in front of each face after praying. After praying to all four, make a wish. If prayers are answered the worshipper should return to the shrine to thank Brahma. It is customary to buy a gift such as an elephant image and put them on the table in front of the god. Serious worshippers who have had their prayers answered may also hire the shrine dancers to dance behind them while they kneel, pray and give thanks. The Erawan Shrine is found at the corner at the intersection of Ploenchit & Ratchadamri Roads adjacent to Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel and opposite Gaysorn Centre. It is open from 6am - 11pm daily.

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Ganesh Shrine

Ganesh Shrine

The God of Success in front of Isetan was born with a human head only to be replaced with an Elephant head after being brought back to life for guarding his palace doors. Ganesh is traditionally worshipped before undertaking a major enterprise, and is the patron of intellectuals, bankers, scribes, and artists. His name means “Lord of the People”, Ganesh or Ganesha is a remover of obstacles, so is often approached by worshippers seeking success or accomplishment. A red lotus is the main offering among many that are dedicated to this Hindu deity. Others that you can see placed around the shrine include small effigies, garlands of bright-orange marigolds, sweets, and fruits. In front of the shrine is a plaque in English translating a mantra that should be spoken three times when praying. Nine joss sticks should be offered along with fruits (banana, apple, mango, coconut); thai sweets, red lotus or orange marigold flowers; or, small elephant statues. Meat should not be offered. The shrine is accessible 24 hours a day.

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Lakshmi Shrine

Lakshmi Shrine

The Goddess of Wealth and Fortune at Gaysorn was born from the holy sea of milk on a lotus blossom during the famed quest of the Elixir of Immortality, Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth & fortune & is one of the three most powerful goddesses. She is renowned for her beauty and is worshipped to receive good luck in wealth, fortune and success in business negotiations. The Lakshmi Shrine can be found on the fourth-floor rooftop of Gaysorn Village, open from 10am - 6pm daily, with lifts in Gaysorn Centre going up to the rooftop floor. For directions, please contact Gaysorn Concierges on ground and 2nd floors. Worshippers pray with 9 joss sticks and a pink lotus flower which should be prepared prior to arrival (there are no prayer items for sale directly on-site). If prayers are answered, the worshipper should return and make a further offering of cane juice, coconut or Thai sweets.

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Indra Shrine

Indra Shrine

The God of Thunder is located adjacent to shopping centre Amarin Plaza. Indra is the bringer of daylight, the force that makes water flow and the champion of the earth, wind and sea. The Indra shrine is highly revered amongst Thai Buddhists, and is often prayed to for health, prosperity and protection. To pray at the Shrine worshippers can make an offering of marigold flowers, Jasmine and incense sticks, available from the shrine attendants. Model elephants may be offered, although these need to be brought by the worshipper. The shrine is popular with locals and office workers, opening 24 hours.

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Narayana Shrine

Narayana Shrine

The God of Protection in front of the Intercontinental Hotel is the grand protector of heaven, hell and earth. With his almighty vessel, the sacred Garuda, the God of Protection uses his might and power to ensure that good prevails over evil. The Narayana Shrine is next to Gaysorn Village and Opposite Amarin Plaza. Narayana (Vishnu) is the god of protection, accompanied by the sacred Garuda. It is believed that Narayana can appear in many different forms with the Lord Buddha one of them. The image of Narayana at the Intercontinental stands on the shoulders of the sacred bird-like Garuda, a mythological Hindu/Buddhist figure that is one of the cultural symbols of Thailand, carrying a disc, mace, conch, and lotus in his four hands. To pray to Narayana, worshippers can make offerings of water, flowers, incense, and fruit. Elephant statues are also acceptable. People pray for protection from evil, as they believe Narayana will protect them. The shrine is open 24 hours daily.

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Umathevi Shrine

Umathevi Shrine

Alternatively known as "Umathevi" or "Umadhevi" The Goddess of Compassion in front of Big C Centre is known for her unwavering compassion and devotion to her beloved husband, the God of Destruction. Many worshippers of Umathevi therefore are women. At the Umathevi Shrine, worshippers can leave flowers, fruit, and incense as offerings, do not to leave clothes or meat. The shrine is accessible 24 hours a day.

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Trimurati Shrine

Trimurati Shrine

3 of the most powerful gods in the heavens; the God of Creation, God of Protection and God of Destruction merge together to form the ultimate supreme being known as "Trimurati" The God of Love. Trimurati or Trimurti Shrine in Bangkok is located in front of CentralWorld, and is where those seeking love typically visit wearing red on Thursday evening at 9.30pm, with offerings of red roses in the hope that they’ll meet their eternal sweethearts. To pray at the shrine worshippers make offerings of red candles, red drinks, nine red roses & nine red incense sticks. Remove shoes before reciting the prayer inscribed on the plaque, requesting to be blessed with love, after which the worshipper maylight the incense or candles, open the red drink (with a straw in it), and finally leave the roses along the front of the shrine. There are vendors selling packs of roses and incense and the shrine is open for 24 hours daily. If finding love, it is expected to return and offer sweets or coconut water to say thank you, to prevent love being taken away.

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Jatulokbal Shrine

Jatulokbal Shrine

The God of 4 Directions, Lord Jatulokbal is the ultimate protector of the North, South, East and West. Ensuring that all humankind is at peace and far from sadness, 4 of the most powerful gods are combined into one supreme deity. Jatulokbal is worshipped by those facing danger or who hold dangerous jobs, and Jatulokbal is also the protector of the Buddhist religion. In his eight arms, Jatulokbal holds a sword, spear, conch shell, a disc, a bag of gold coins, and a scepter. The shrine is on the fourth-floor outdoor terrace at Gaysorn Village in the same area as Lakshmi Shrine. At the shrine worshippers can pray for luck, power, & protection including for journeys, by lighting incense or offering horse and elephant statues. The shrine is open from 10am - 6pm daily.

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