Photographer's Note

For not clear reason this temple does not allow photography since some years, while the one I uploaded yesterday in Penang has no objection. Outside of the temple complex are some sellers of very extravagant flower garland which you cannot get anywhere else in this particular style in Thailand. My next posting tomorrow will show details of these very special garlands. This couple is buying garlands which they will offer to the gods in the temple opposite.

Sri Mahamariamman Temple at Silom Road in central Bangkok was build in in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Its an outstanding South Indian Hindu temple of the Tamil immigrants who settled down in southern Thailand. Initially the temple was built by the combined efforts of the traders and the laborers. Later however, more land was purchased and the temple was reconstructed.

The kez deity of the Sri Mahamariamman Temple is Mahamariamman or Uma Devi, who is flanked other Hindu divinities like Ganesha, Kandakumara, Krishna, Vishnu, Rashmi and Kali. Goddess Uma is worshipped here in her three incarnations Parvati, Durga and Kali. A gold-plated copper dome adds to the majestic appearance of the temple. The courtyard of the temple contains a small shrine that houses the Shiva Lingam as well as a few Buddha images which speak highly of the religious tolerance of Thai society. The Sri Mahamariamman Temple illustrates the Chola and Pallava rchitectural styles. The detail and richness of the color of the carvings on the exterior of the temple make it stand out.

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