Hindu Press International
Bangkok's Ganesh Museum
BANGKOK, THAILAND, July 4,2013 (Bangkok, Post by Peerawat Jariyasombat): A brick shrine towers up among fragrances of incense and flower offerings. The fast rhythms of tabla playing and the multi-colored decorations on buildings and indeed all around make me think that I am somewhere in India. In the middle of nowhere amidst the rice paddies and the fruit orchards of Doi Lo district, the God Ganesh is seriously worshipped.
The Ganesh Museum is a privately-owned venture founded 10 years ago by Pandara Theerakanond. It exhibits all things Ganesh and a worshipping ceremony is held every Sunday.
"It all started with a private collection When I stayed in Chiang Mai city, my growing collection of Ganesh replicas interested people and I lost my privacy when they visited my house to view these statues. So I decided to build a shrine and a museum a place to keep my collection" says Pandara.
The shrine is located in a soi, around 3.1 miles from the main road, and Pandara explains that it is the best location to get spiritual power from Doi Inthanon, which can be seen from the shrine "Doi Inthanon is the last tip of the Himalaya range which connects to India," he says. When he was a kid the first Ganesh he collected was a small replica as a gift from his father. Thirty-six years later, he found that he had more than 2,000 statues of Ganesh
His museum comprises two buildings, displaying Ganesh replicas in different styles, as well as regalia and decorative items from many Asian countries where the deity is worshipped. Visitors are educated about the style of Ganesh statues, of which there are 32, ranging from one to five heads and two to 16 arms.
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