The temple was built in 1879 in a South Indian architecture style combining between Chola and Palava by Vaithi Padayatchi, a Tamil Hindu immigrant, about a decade after he arrived in Thailand. The name of the temple, Maha Mariamman which is the main Tamil Hindu temple in Thailand, reflects the belief of Shakti which mainly dedicates to Goddess Mariamman.
At the entrance to the temple there is a gopura (tower) about 6 metres in height covered with many carved images of deities. The temple’s facade is in colorful florid style with carved images of various Hindu gods and goddesses in various shapes and sizes. The main shrine of the temple is a beautiful dome with covering of a gilded copper plate.
Within the premises of Sri Maha Mariamman complex there are three shrines dedicated to the deities Ganesh, Kartik and also the main shrine of Sri Maha Mariamman.
Mariamman Temple or Wat Khaek used to welcome only Hindus, however right now is an important worship place for the Tamil Hindu community in Bangkok, as well as for Thai people.
Sri Maha Mariamman Temple is open for visit and a pray every day with an appropriate dress regulation, as required in most Thai temples.
Photos by กสิณธร ราชโอรส and Adam Jones.
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