Ganesha Worship in Amazing Thailand
In India, we see Ganesha the remover of obstacles in every single temple and most Hindu homes. He is considered to the wise one and remover of all obstacles. When I was visiting Thailand more than a decade ago I was happily surprised to find Ganesha being worshiped in almost all Buddhist temples in Amazing Thailand also. Not only in temples, I found Ganesha idols in front of various homes, shops etc. in Thailand. In Thailand, Ganesha is called Phra Phikanet, but his importance is the same as in India.
So on my last trip to Thailand, I clicked Ganesha in Thailand wherever I found him, and trust me he was everywhere.
So dear readers as the first post of 2015 I give you some Ganesha Pictures clicked in Amazing Thailand.
The first one is from Koh Samui island and was clicked outside a shop in the Fisherman’s village on Bophut beach. It is a common tradition in Thailand to pray with incense sticks and offer food and beverages to gods, and you can see the same here in this picture below.
In Koh Samui while visiting a Buddhist temple I found this idol right behind a Buddha, and if you look closely you will find many small idols also in front of the large Ganesha. Check the second picture which is the cropped one to see the smaller Ganesha Idols.
This Ganesha idol below is from a Buddhist temple in Ayutthaya the former capital of Thailand, before it moved to Bangkok
One of the most iconic Ganesha I noticed was on the wall of the Royal Barge National Museum on the banks of Chao Phraya River while on a river cruise. I only had a small lens with me and was not sure what the icon was till I saw the picture clearly in the camera.
And finally, this last one is from the entrance of Anantara Riverside Resort in Bangkok that had this ancient looking Ganesha at the entrance.
Ganesha may be addressed as Phra Phikanet or Phra Phikanesuan in Thailand, but he is equally revered and worshiped as God of Fortune and success and remover of Obstacles just like in India. You will find Ganesha idols in Thailand in temples, in front of many shops and homes.
With this dear readers I pray that Ganapati will bless you and your family in the New Year. Wishing you all a very Happy New Year may Ganapati full fill all you benign desires.
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