In the Hindu religion, Lord Ganesha is one of the most famous gods. Yet, he is also famous in other religions such as Buddhism. Buddhism is the main religion in Thailand. But, you will see many Thais worshipping Lord Ganesha. So, there are lots of shrines of Lord Ganesha in Bangkok and in other provinces in Thailand. Many people believe that if they want success, they need to worship Lord Ganesha. Ganesha is the god of wisdom and success. He can make you achieve success. He can give you the ability to overcome obstacles. Some consider him as the god of good fortune. So, a lot of businessmen come to worship him as well.
Lord Ganesha is the son of Shiva and Parvati. Shiva is one of the principal gods of Hinduism. Ganesha is very famous for its shape. People recognize him easily because of his human body but the head of an elephant. This is why some people also call him the Elephant God. The reason why he has the head of an elephant is because of his father. Ganesha made Shiva, his father, angry. Shiva then cut off his son’s head without being aware. To fix this, he had his soldiers bring the head of the first animal they found. They found an elephant so he used its head to replace his son’s.
The shrines of Lord Ganesha in Bangkok are very popular for both Thais and foreigners to make wishes. One of the famous shrines of Lord Ganesha in Bangkok is in front of CentralWorld Shopping Complex. Usually, people make wishes with Lord Ganesha for two main reasons. This includes fortune and success in life. These are the normal steps people usually practice:
1. Once you arrive at the shrine of Lord Ganesha in Bangkok, buy flowers to use as an offering. There are usually flower shops in front of the shrines. The flower is to pay respect to the god. Apart from flowers, some people worship with a tray of fruits such as banana, pineapple and sugar cane. Other items include herbs and red drink.
2. When you have your offering ready, you can sit or stand to chant and pray in front of the shrine. Then you ask what you wish for and include reasoning and your name and anyone else you want to wish for.
3. Hang or put down the flower and other offerings in front of the shrine. This will complete your worship to Lord Ganesha in Bangkok.
There are two other very famous shrines of two gods near the shrine of Lord Ganesha in front of CentralWorld. Trimurti Shrine is for love. Meanwhile, Erawan Shrine (Four Face Buddha) is to pray for luck. People usually go and pray for these two shrines at the same time.
To get to the famous shrine of Lord Ganesha in Bangkok in front of CentralWorld is very easy. You can take BTS Skytrain and get off at Chidlom Station. From there, you can walk through Gaysorn Village and then use the skywalk R-Walk. Then walk until you reach CentralWorld. The shrine will be in front of the shopping centre. Or, if you stay at Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam, going to Ganesha Shrine has never been this easy. From the hotel, you can use the skywalk R-Walk. You walk to the direction of CentralWorld. Before the end of the skywalk on CentralWorld side, you will see the shrine. It should take you 3 to 5 minutes walk from Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam. In case you decide to worship the Shrine of Trimurti and Erawan Shrine, it is very easy as well. Trimurti Shrine is next to Ganesha Shrine. For Erawan Shrine, you will need to continue walking until you reach Gaysorn Village. Then you can cross to the other side of the road.