Friday, 3 January 2014

Strange shrine - Strano santuario - विचित्र मन्दिर

Strange spirit house shrine Bangkok, Thailand - images by Sunil Deepak, 2013
Strange spirit house shrine Bangkok, Thailand - images by Sunil Deepak, 2013
Strange spirit house shrine Bangkok, Thailand - images by Sunil Deepak, 2013

Bangkok, Thailand: I had lost my way and reached there by chance - a temple shaped like a small hill, with tiny stairs on the two sides, with numerous tiny temples with pictures of dead persons all around the hill. I had heard of "spirit houses" where Thai persons keep the ashes of the dead family members, but this place seemed different. I felt that this shrine had some special significance. I asked the persons around but did not find anyone who spoke English. Perhaps someone who has more knowledge about Thailand can tell the role of this shrine?

बैन्काक, थाईलैंडः  एक दिन रास्ता खो कर भटकते हुए वहाँ पहुँचा - छोटी पहाड़ी जैसा मन्दिर, ऊपर जाने के लिए दो ओर छोटी संकरी सीढ़ियाँ, और पहाड़ी पर छोटे छोटे मन्दिर जिन पर जड़ी हई मृत लोगों की तस्वीरें. यह सुना था कि लोग मृत परिवार जनों की राख को छोटे छोटे "आत्मा गृहों" में रखते हैं, लेकिन यह जगह उनसे भिन्न लग रही थी. लगा कि उस जगह का कोई विशिष्ठ महत्व था. आसपास पूछने की कोशिश की लेकिन कोई अंग्रेज़ी बोलने वाला नहीं मिला. कोई थाईलैंड की संस्कृति को जानने वाला ही बता सकता है कि इस तरह के मन्दिरों का क्या महत्व है?

Bangkok, Thailandia: Mi ero perso ed arrivato là per caso - un santuario costruito come una collinetta con piccole scale ai due lati e piccoli tempietti con le foto dei morti sulla collinetta. Avevo sentito di "case degli spiriti" dove si tengono le ceneri dei famigliari morti, ma questo posto sembrava diverso. Ho chiesto informazioni alle persone ma non ho trovato nessuno che parlava inglese. Forse qualcuno che conosce meglio la cultura Thai può spiegare il significato di questo santuario?



  1. hi Sunil
    I think it's called เขามอ (Kaomor) The garden which small hill
    decorates small stupas and Bonsai. But I've never seen Kaomor with ashes of the dead people before.

    1. Thanks Paunpipat :) Then it is apt to call it "strange shrine"! :)


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