In Hinduism, there are three major gods, i.e. Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destructor. They are part of the Hindu trinity. Their statues can be seen in Thai Buddhist temples and various shrines. In Buddhism, these gods have become Buddha followers.
In Thai culture, Vishnu is more popular under the name of Narai (พระนารายณ์) or his avatar Rama (พระราม).
Many Vishnu incarnations (avatar) are commonly recognized. The 7th incarnation is Rama, hero of the Ramayakian in Thailand. The Thai Ramayakian came from the Indian story of Ramayana but it has been adapted to Thai culture.
Vishnu's conch-shell (สังข์) has become Brahmins symbol.
Garuda is also the royal Thai insignia and can be found on all official Thai documents such as wedding, birth, divorce, name change documents and so on...
Being in possession of a Garuda statue with the pronouncement "With His Majesty the King's Royal Permission" is considered the greatest honor for a private company in Thailand.
Indra is worshipped as one who looks out for the well-being of mankind.
Shiva's (ศิวะ) most familiar representation is the lingam or phallus. The phallus (ศิวลึงค์) is the symbol of fertility and life.
Ganesh is often linked to the field of arts. Craftsmen would invoke Ganesh before embarking on a delicate process like stone carving. He is also believed to be the god of good fortune, and revered by businessmen who wish for success in their ventures.
During Ganesh's topknot ceremony, Shiva was supposed to cut the child's hair. Rahu, mythical god of darkness, who was not invited, took revenge by blowing a strong wind. Due to the strong wind, Shiva's knife cut the head instead of the topknot. The Buddha helps to fix an elephant head on the beheaded body.
Vishnu was smitten by her beauty and took her as his consort. Lakshmi is revered as a goddess of prosperity, divinity and purity as well as knowledge.
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