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Sri Maha Mariamman

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Built in the 1860s by immigrants from Tamil Nadu in Southern India, Sri Maha Marriaman is an important Hindu temple that grabs the eyes of anyone walking down Silom Road.

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Known to many Thais as Wat Khaek (khaek being a Thai catch-all word for people of South Asian descent), the temple anchors a part of the Silom area that can be thought of as the city's second Little India, distinct from the predominantly Sikh community at Pahurat. Indian music often pumps from footpath vendors as Indian shopkeepers sell sweets and statuettes of Hindu gods.

Stands out on Silom Road. Photo taken in or around Sri Maha Mariamman, Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

Stands out on Silom Road. Photo: David Luekens

The temple's outer towers and walls display an elaborate intertwining of deities including Brahma, Indra and Vishnu. Unlike the Thai-style representations of these icons which are commonly found at Thai Buddhist temples, the style of imagery here comes straight from India. It will remind some travellers of a temple with the same name down in ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)


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