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The Little Known Shrine Of Goddess Tuptim

Bangkok has more sites than just Buddhist temples and Buddhist images. Nearly at every corner of Bangkok, you will see many small and big spirit houses and shrines to Hindu Gods and animism deities.

A must-see shrine in Bangkok is located on the grounds of Nai Lert Bangkok Hotel, also know as Swissotel. The hotel is located on Wireless Road. This shrine is decated to Phra Mae Tuptim. The exact origin of the shrine is not known and many tourists do not know about this shrine. The among the locals is that Nai Lert built this spirit house for the spirit that was suppose to be living in the large ficus tree on the very same spot.

Most Thais used to visit this shrine offered jasmine flowers, incense sticks and lotus buds. However, now the trend has changed. You will find many large and small phallic symbols around the shrine instead of the traditional offering because people believe that the shrine is dedicated to fertility.

Although the shrine is present within the boundaries of a hotel, not many people know about it. Even guests of the hotel are not informed of its existence. This could be because of the phallic symbols around the shrine; some are a few meters long! So people think it might not be politically correct to advertize a shrine like this.

No one can explain the name of the Goddess. Many believe that the name could have originated from the Thai word, Tuptim, which means pomegranate. Interestingly, many of the phallic symbols around the shrine are dark red in color resembling the color of pomegranate juice.

However, the site is well worth a visit if you are in the neighborhood.

Pauline Go is a professional writer for many website like Thailandbuddy.com. She also writes other great articles like Thailand Travel Information, Thailand Real Estate Industry Analysis, Facts on the Stonehenge

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