Photo: The main wihaan.

Wat Phra Narai Maharat

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Rising from the middle of a pond in a quiet corner of the old quarter, Wat Phra Narai Maharat is a large Theravada Buddhist temple that’s most notable for a Hindu shrine.

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A wihaan with a gabled roof towers at the centre over the grounds and houses a large seated Buddha flanked by bare white walls and an old wood ceiling. Wander east from here and look for a blue sign with a red arrow and white Thai script; it’s situated near a life-size statue of a famous monk donning sunglasses beneath a banyan tree that’s worth a quick peek.

The dude. Monk, we mean monk. Photo taken in or around Wat Phra Narai Maharat, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand by David Luekens.

The dude. Monk, we mean monk. Photo: David Luekens

Another 50 or so metres down a lane lined by a pond on one side and humble houses on the other takes you to the Naranya Temple, home to four ancient Khmer-style Hindu images that were discovered here. The most sacred depicts the god, Phra Narai (Vishnu), placed at the centre. To its right sit smaller statues of Phra Phrom (Brahma) and Phra Isuan (Shiva), while an image of Ganesha is placed to the left. Sporting faded details and touches of gold leaf, all are less than half a ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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