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Wat Chaiyamangalaram - 7

A devotee prays with incense sticks outside the temple. I was told that the belief is that praying outside ensures that the pleas will make their way upwards and reach the heavens. Plus it has the additional benefit that the temple interior remains relatively smoke free.

Wat Chaiyamangalaram - 7

A devotee prays with incense sticks outside the temple. I was told that the belief is that praying outside ensures that the pleas will make their way upwards and reach the heavens. Plus it has the additional benefit that the temple interior remains relatively smoke free.

comments (18)

  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 15 Aug 2017, 00:37
It is a very ornate and colourful temple, Ayush.

I think that explanation smacks of a convenient story for keeping the incendiaries outside where they are safer! smile
Ayush Basu: Very likely, Ray grin
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 15 Aug 2017, 06:47
I think Ray is right here Ayush
Ayush Basu: He does make it sound plausible, Chris.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 15 Aug 2017, 07:13
Quelle magnifique scène toujours très colorée !
Ayush Basu: I am pleased you like the colours, Martine.
Interesting figurines, the well endowed lady appears to be similar to one of our mermaids
Ayush Basu: I had to smile at your "well endowed", Martin and I believe you are right.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 15 Aug 2017, 08:54
A sign of the times Ayush. Before I read your description, I thought he was in selfie mode.
Ayush Basu: An understandable first impression, Chad.
Perhaps that is why someone started that rumour
Ayush Basu: We will probably never know now, Bill smile
Wonderful paint work on the lady, she appears to be depicted almost naked.
Ayush Basu: I was on the other side of the serpent (what you see partially on the bottom inclined green thing), when I thought this devotee would make a good subject. I could not position myself well and there the serpent blocks the lower half of the kinnar (the lower half is usually a bird form). I liked the paint work too, Brian.
The color is very appealing...
Ayush Basu: I imagine recently restored, Larry.
  • CherryPie
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Aug 2017, 23:36
I love the image of the devotee praying next to the temple.

The view of him is very modern and not like the moderate worshiping of times gone by.
Ayush Basu: Very good observation, CherryPie. And I am not sure if this is a growing trend.
That is really nice. I love all the great colour.
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Michael. I love the freshness of the paint and glass work.
The more I look, Ayush, the more I see. Amazing color and artistry here.
Ayush Basu: This (among others) is a fascinating temple, Ginnie. I have been here on at least perhaps three occasions now.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Aug 2017, 07:26
I thought at first that the chap was doing a selfie. I hope you gets his wish but at least gets some comfort from his act.
Ayush Basu: Understandable first reaction, Alan. I imagine he was making his weekly visit and lighting a bunch of incense sticks.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 16 Aug 2017, 08:19
There is something about the statue that reminds me of the figureheads of our naval ships in the 18th Century, Ayush
Ayush Basu: The bow of vessels have some unifying aspects across nations, it appears to me. The Romans had it, the Vikings had it and what you mention also appears to be prevalent from the 16th century till the time that figureheads got replaced by ramming bows. Thank you for your comment, Lisl. It got me doing some internet research.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 16 Aug 2017, 10:23
Well, luckily it is not raining ... A very colourful scene.
Ayush Basu: If it was raining, I doubt this devotee would even come down, Louis. I agree this place had some nice paint job with glass work on the statues.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 16 Aug 2017, 11:23
I'm glad that's not part of the Christian traditions, because i have rotator cuff probs hahaha
Ayush Basu: grin
Devotees will believe what they want to, Elaine.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 16 Aug 2017, 17:03
What a wonderful decorations here and it makes sense not to have the incense stick inside for safety reasons too... What a great picture.
Ayush Basu: Luckily it does not get too crowded with devotees and visitors, Astrid. Some other temples in Penang did get rather smoky and people were packed way closer than I prefer.
Well, Ayush, the outdoor arrangement is both amusing and smart... smile

Nice capture... smile
Ayush Basu: Devotees will believe what they want to, Sudipto. Thank you.
I have to go and visit Penang again.
Ayush Basu: If you have not been here in say, three to five years, then yes you certainly should, LC.

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