Praying at Erawan Shrine, Bangkok: Hindu shrine of Lord Brahma

Thao Maha Phrom Shrine popularly known as Erawan Shrine is dedicated to the 4-headed Hindu god Brahma. Brahma (the Creator), Vishnu (the Preserver) and Shiva (the Destroyer) form the trinity in the Hindu mythology. Compared to the umpteen places of worship dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva, only a limited number of shrines are built for Brahma in Indian sub-continent. But he enjoys much popularity in China, Thailand and rest of Southeast Asia where he is worshipped as Phra Phrom (Para Brahma).

Sandwiched between Ratchaprasong intersection and Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, Erawan Shrine was built in 1956 as per the suggestion given by astrologers to eliminate the obstacles and bad omen connected with the construction of the hotel. Though it doesnโ€™t feature in the must visit attractions of Bangkok, it is popular among the locals โ€“ a large number of devotees visit this shrine throughout the day. Shrine of Ganesh, the elephant headed God is located close to the Erawan Shrine. Incense sticks, flowers, fruits and even models of animals are offered by the devotees who are mainly Buddhist. Even though it is dwarfed by the multistorey hotel, the area around the shrine carries an aura of peace and divinity.

Recommended length of visit: 15-30 minutes

Entry: Free, 6 AM โ€“ Late night

Metro: Chit Lom BTS