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Shrine of Lord Brahma the Great

Erawan Shrine or the Thao Maha Prom Shrine or the Shrine of Lord Brahma the Great is a Hindu shrine in Bangkok that houses a statue of Phra Phrom, the Thai version of the Hindu god of creation Lord Brahma. The place is a popular worship attraction with performances by resident Thai dance troupes hired by worshippers to see their prayers answered.

The Brahma statue was designed by the Department of Fine Arts and represents serene grace full of kindness, mercy, sympathy and impartiality, the four virtues represented by his four faces. Visitors to the shrine make ceremonial offerings from floral garlands, fruits to teakwood elephants while cash contributions are managed by a foundation.

There is also an elevated walkway of the Skytrain that overlooks the shrine that has also been the subject of bombing and other attacks. The shrine is however a place of reverence with joyful celebration of graceful Thai classical dances and lively Chinese lion dances.

The shrine makes it a point that the capital city of the country is exotic and this is denoted not just by the unique worship methods, the unique statue of the god and also the novel Thai dances that make it an interesting place to visit.

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