The history of the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Bangkok

The astonishingly detailed Sri Maha Mariamman Temple is the most recognized Hindu place of worship and hosts famous festivals, one of which is Diwali

The fascinating, colorful and very detailed Sri Maha Mariamman Temple is a place of worship in the Bang Rak area of Bangkok. Also known as the Uma Devi Temple, this temple is based on South Indian architecture and dates back to 1879. There are stalls near the historic temple that sell items such as flowers and incense that can be used for worship. Also, religious festivals take place according to the traditional Tamil calendar, some of the festivals lasting several days.

Be blessed by Sri Maha Mariamman

If you take a closer look you see a host of carved images of gods and goddesses. The entrance of the temple has a 6m high tower that is covered with images of various gods. Inside the temple is Sri Maha Mariamman, located as the main goddess and surrounded by a number of gods.

As the goddess of rain, protection, and disease, people come to the temple seeking her blessing. The history of the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Bangkok is interesting. An Indian who left the country to settle in Bangkok, Vaithi Padayatchi, built the temple.

Today it is not only the oldest but also the most important temple of its kind in Thailand. This is one temple you don’t want to miss seeing on your trip to Bangkok.

By Adam Jones –, CC BY-SA 2.0,

By m-louis .® from Osaka, Japan – WAT KHAEK SILOM, CC BY-SA 2.0,

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