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While couples went out on dates and romantic outings for Valentine’s Day, some single Thais prayed to the God of Love. Kneeling on red hearts taped to the ground by the Trimurti Shrine, people placed their hands together in the “wai” position and held their offerings of red roses and incense between their palms.

Hundreds of Thais seeking love crowded the area for an event last Friday, just a couple days before Valentine’s Day. The sacred site for the Hindu god of love outside Bangkok’s Central World in the heart of the city’s bustling shopping district between Chit Lom and Silom BTS stations.

Offerings including red candles, red roses and red incense sticks can be purchased together for 100 baht at the shrine. Those that want to make an extra donation bring a bottle of red Fanta. Those praying to Trimurti introduce themselves to the god and give details about their ideal lover. One Thai woman told the Thaiger that many will tell the god the full name and address of the person they would like to attract.

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6 Comments

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  1. Jason

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    It can’t hurt to pray. I hope the prayers will be answered! One of the sad things I see are the number of women on dating sites hoping to find a man who doesn’t drink, smoke or be violent. Many men, it seems, are unfaithful which results in divorce and there is no such thing (to my knowledge) as child support payments to help finance the upkeep of the children of the marriage. This often leads to women prostituting themselves (if they don’t have a well paying job or profession). Grandparents look after the children while the woman goes to places further away to gain. Any kind of employment. I think it might be time for Thailand to introduce laws that compel divorcing couples to provide child support (be it to whom ever is most disadvantaged by the divorce financially and is the primary carer of the children. That is. What happens in modern society.

    • Issan John

      Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 1:42 pm

      The laws on child support, custody, etc, are all on the books, Jason, even if not used that frequently.

  2. Toby Andrews

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    Yes but this isn’t a modern society Jason. They believe in praying to anything that will help them.
    Some of these Thais might not even be Hindus, but they pray to a Hindu shrine.
    They wear stuff around their necks to bring them good luck. Go to fortune tellers and pay them good money
    I believed in fortune tellers once until I went to one, and the notice on the locked door read. “Closed Due To Unforeseen Circumstances.”

    • Gosport

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 8:47 pm

      Unforeseen Circumstances let you go unripped.

  3. Gosport

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Last time, I went there shopping finding no vendors selling offerings. Timing was not right or vendors left? I think the right side one is for love facing the mall. I will bring offerings there for a big profitable day.

  4. Jim kelly

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    Forget ‘romance’….praying for the lottery numbers to come up more like!! If Lord Buddha was a “machine”, most Thais would have him as an ATM!!! It reeeaaalllly is… all they worry about…especially the women!

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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