Restored Brahmin statue unveiled at bomb site

Restored Brahmin statue unveiled at bomb site

Phra Maharajchakru Sriwisutthikun, Brahmin chief priest, sprinkles holy water on the sacred Brahmin statue during a ceremony on Friday at Bangkok's Erawan shrine. (Photo by Apichart Jinakul)
Phra Maharajchakru Sriwisutthikun, Brahmin chief priest, sprinkles holy water on the sacred Brahmin statue during a ceremony on Friday at Bangkok's Erawan shrine. (Photo by Apichart Jinakul)

After nine days of repairs, authorities on Friday unveiled a restored centrepiece of Bangkok's Erawan shrine, with a ceremony to honour the four-faced Brahmin figure at the site of last month's deadly bombing.

The Culture Ministry's Fine Arts Department repaired 12 areas on the gleaming golden statue of the Hindu god Brahma that were damaged by the Aug 17 attack, notably on its four-headed face where a chin was blasted out, and its right arm.

Traditional craftsmen finished the repairs Thursday.

Culture Minister Vira Rojpojchanarat and PM's Office Minister ML Panadda Diskul presided over the worship ceremony where Phra Maharajchakru Sriwisutthikun, Brahmin chief priest, performed rituals including sprinkling holy water on the statue.

Flowers and offerings are placed before the four-face Brahmin statue at the Erawan shrine in Bangkok as part of a spiritual rite. (Photo by Apichart Jinakul)


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