Although I have visited many Ganesh Temple Thailand, I’m usually not a big fan of them, as most temples seem rather similar to me. However, once in a while, I get to visit a unique temple that really gets my attention – and the experience of visiting such a place is beyond words. Chachoengsao province, about an hour drive from Bangkok, is home to two of these temples, which I was fortunate enough to visit. The first one is called Wat Sothon, and the other – Wat Saman Rattanaram, the most engaging temple in Thailand, in my mind.
When a Thai friend recommended visiting the place, my immediate response was “oh well, yet another temple…” but since I was in the area, I went anyway, and to my surprise, had a unique, fascinating experience.
The area is rather large, and located on the river shore. Its main attraction is a giant reclining statue of Ganesh, the Elephant God. The statue is the biggest of its kind in Thailand and it’s hard to describe the huge number of Thai people who were on site, holding their ceremonies.
A few words on Ganesh – one of the 5 most significant, best-known and most worshipped Hindu deities (the others are Shiva, Brahma, Vishnu, Durga). Ganesh is held to be the son of Shiva and Parvati, elephant headed and has 4 hands.Although I have visited many Ganesh Temple Thailand, I’m usually not a big fan of them, as most temples seem rather similar to me. However,
Devotees believe Ganesha is the god of success and prosperity, wisdom, knowledge and education. The all-mighty deity is held to be able to destroy evil forces, provide protection against adversity and remove every obstacle.
According to the legend, Parvati bathed in the tub, and created a child to keep the bathroom entrance and prevent others from entering the place. When her husband, Shiva came by, the child didn’t let him inside, and Shiva then decapitated his head. Parvati sorrow was immense, and in order to comfort her, Shiva ordered his soldiers to get him the first image they will see, whose face is heading north. A sleeping elephant was found first, and its head was connected to the boy’s body. Then, Shiva gave him back his life and appointed him to be the leader of the forces.
Wat Saman Rattanaram is an hour’s drive away from Bangkok, in the nearby province – Chachoengsao. You can include your visit to the temple among other attractions in the area, such as: Wat Sothon, Asia’s largest bird and parrot park, the flying foxes’ temple, the floating market and more.