Bollywood star of Siddhartha movie enters monkhood in Bangkok

Bollywood star of Siddhartha movie enters monkhood in Bangkok

A monk shaves Gagan Malik's head and eyebrows during his ordination at Wat Thatthong in Watthana district of Bangkok on Thursday. (Photo: Sanghakaya Foundation Facebook account)
A monk shaves Gagan Malik's head and eyebrows during his ordination at Wat Thatthong in Watthana district of Bangkok on Thursday. (Photo: Sanghakaya Foundation Facebook account)

Indian movie superstar Gagan Malik entered the monkhood at a temple in Bangkok on Thursday.

Malik was ordained at Wat Thatthong and will spend the next 15 days as a monk. 

"One of the most important moments of life is going to come tomorrow [Thursday]. Becoming a monk for 15 days in Wat Thatthong (Royal Monastery) Bangkok," the Bollywood actor said in a Facebook message on Wednesday. "All other friends and fans can bless me."

He said in another post on Tuesday that he wanted to learn Dhamma and to promote the religion in India.

"Time to learn Dhamma

Time to understand Impermanence

Time to gain knowledge

Time to roll the wheel of Dhama in India" he wrote.

Malik is one of the most popular actors in India. He has fans in many Asian countries, including Thailand.

One of the Malik's best-known roles was as Prince Siddhartha in the movie Sri Siddhartha Gautama in 2013, which depicted the life of the Lord Buddha. The movie soundtrack was dubbed in several languages, including Thai, and won several awards, including the best actor and best movie at the UN Vesak Buddhist Film Festival in Hanoi in 2014.

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