Shiva's carriage was the bird of eagle. Shiva is the Hindo deity of Destroying, and Creating! That is why this deity is considered the supreme Hindu Deity, possibly the oldest one. That is to say the Brahma, Vishnu and Shiwa as Trimurti (Trinity) representations are of a later area. Mentioning here Shiva always is together with his consort, all Goddesses with different names (like Devi, Saraswati, Sri, and the illustrious and dreaded Kali).
In despite of Thailand being for the greater part a Buddhist country you may see a lot of relics out of Hindu times. Like this Shiva image (seen in the South Sathorn Road), in the presentation of an sacred Eagle, of Garuda. It's funny this image looks like a well-muscled deity, for that very reason while Shiva should be the Creator of human life, too. By making love with his consort Kali ... though this loving moment has been presented in a dangerous and romantic dance ... is told. Maybe girls, ... and boys, dream about this heavenly creature ...
Buddha - the relaxing one in the famous temple of Bangkok but all over the country you will find this admiration !
it is a local custom and tradition to buy some golden leafs and put it on the statues !
These golden statues of old monks that you can find in some Bangkok Temples have always amazed me. The first time I saw one I had to look very very close to find out if it was a HUMAN BEING painted in gold!! They are soooo realistic, in shape, size, details...
People use to cover them with little gold sheets that they buy as offerings, so they look kind of "patch-work" in gold!
In many temples you will see seated golden statues covered all over with little golden shhets. These sheets can be bought at the entrance of the temple and be offered to the statues that represent old holy monks.
They put the golden sheets over the statues, covering them all over with gold...
I take this picture at a temple which about 4 hours drive from BKK down town. It's my time to vist this great temple, sound like - Lampokun. Guess somewhere near Korak (locate at the North.
Inside a temple you can purchase gold leaf and place it on the Happy Budda statue for good health and fortune.
In most cases, you can see lots of Statues in Hotels, infront of their houses, streets and elsewhere!