Photography, Play, Travel Elephant Statue He’s an elephant statue with garlands 🙂 He guards the entrance to my condo complex … Taken in Thailand (c) Don Charisma 2014 Share this:PinterestLinkedInPrintEmailTelegramLike this:Like Loading... Related
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Thailand has a lot of Hindu influence! Ayutthaya/Ayodhaya and King Rama are all influenced by Hindu lore and legend.
Thanks, and yes it’s been helpful that people have pointed this out to me … it seems it is ginesh the elephant !
Such a pretty photo! Would love to have him as my guardian 🙂 looks like you feed him well lol x
LOL, thanks and no not responsible for feeding him 🙂
Since I’m so far behind, everyone has beaten me to it to tell you that the elephant is more than likely Ganesh. 🙂
Thanks Suz, and yes there’s been a discussion and an explaination … seems it’s more than likely a buddhist ganesh 🙂
Hi Don! Yes, that’s Lord Ganesha, remover of obstacles. Buddhism is an Indian export to the world and you will find many interconnecting threads between the stories described in the classical Sanskrit texts and Buddhist Jataka stories which were recorded largely in Pali. In fact you will find a lot of similarities among the ‘dharmic’ traditions of India – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism.
Hey Ritesh, seems I’l learning a lot from posting my photos sometimes which is awesome, very helpful 🙂 Warm regards Don Charisma
Btw, some Buddhist sects follow many of the same deities as Hinduism.
Ah at last someone explains !!! Thank you 🙂
Glad I could help. 🙂 If you have netflix, they have some good documentaries on Buddhism. Namaste.
Thanks, I’ll check that out when I get a bit of time … but interesting the hindu influence, I hadn’t thought of it or had it explained, so thanks once again 🙂
I believe your elephant statue is the Hindu God, Ganesha/Ganesh, Lord of success. Nice shot.
Oh you have to be convinced now! 😛 He is indeed a Hindu deity. As per the Hindu mythology he is the remover of all obstacles . It is not very uncommon i guess to find Hindu deities..I am no expert but wiki does show that Hinduism is practiced in Thailand along with Buddhism.
P.s : He lovesss eating sweets 😉 not pizza 😛
Maybe, we’ll see … they do have all religions in Thailand, but mostly it’s Buddhist so was expecting a Buddhist connection … I’m happy to go with the flow, and no one’s said different, so we’ll call him the garland wearing sweet eating Ginesh for now 🙂 warm regards DC
🙂 you too … warm regards
Cool statue. I wouldn’t mind taking it home with me, but it probably wouldn’t fit in my car’s “trunk.”
I think you’re in England too, you know it’s a 6000 mile journey as the crow flies !
Damn it now I have to go search up Gsnesh stories. Then again I’m really interested now. What does the garland stand for?
LOL, not entirely sure, my unromantic explanation is drunken revellers left them on the way home from drinking too much beers !
He surely brings fortune 🙂
Have a nice day, Don
Let’s hope so could do with some fortunes !
We all need a guard like that at our buildings Don.
Think the postage would be prohibitive, maybe I’ll find a rich benefactor !
And His name is Lord Ganesha. He is an Indian God.
Not 100% convinced, but popular opinion says you’re probably right … it’s off though a hindu deity in Thailand ?
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You have a really nice guard there Don 😀
Thanks Irene, I see him every day …
Lovely! Yes Ganesh… remover of obstacles. I wish he was guarding where i lived!
Ganesha!! How auspicious that he guards the entrance to your home (which also symbolizes your heart/hearth). Lucky you!
Always something interesting!!
NEver boring !
One day I will go and visit him 🙂
You should Vic, travel and see the world 🙂
Ganesh brings good things. I’m always happy when I see Ganesh in someone’s cube or on their dashboard.
Hi Don, that’s Lord Ganesh, the God of Wisdom and Intelligence in Hinduism. He guards the complex because he is also a guard and protector.
Ah makes sense, surprised for him to be a Hindu deity in Thailand, but anything goes I suppose !
He can’t see! The garland falls over his eyes!
LOL, he’s a god, sure he’s not worried about small problem like that LOL
Yes, definitely not something Ganesh should be worried about 🙂
He sounds mighty powerful so I reckon he’ll be ok 🙂
Hi Don! That’s Ganesh in your photo. He’s so loveable and kind. Tons of great stories about him in Hinduism. In many images of Ganesh, you will see a sweet or confection held in his trunk. The symbolism urges us to find the innate sweetness in our souls. Besides that, I can relate to Ganesh’s love for sweets : ) Thanks for the follow. Love your skies, especially the clouds in London.
You are very welcome … and thanks very much … Are you sure he’s Ganesh, Thailand is Buddhist, so thought he might be a Buddhist deity ?
Handsome guy, seems to like pizza more than you.
Who puts the beautiful garlands on him?
LOL, yup he’s a fatty for sure ! … I suspect drunken revellers, but not very romantic is it ?