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Thursday, 18 July 2013

Churning of the milk ocean, Suvarnabhumi airport, Bangkok !


Hope you all are familiar with this statue at the magnificent Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok. Here 'the churning of the milk ocean ' one of the awesome scenes from the Indian epic Mahabharatha is depicted as a sculpture. 

The chief of Devas, 'Lord Indra', upon angering a great priest was cursed and all devas lost their power and influence. They were subsequently defeated by Asuras who gained control of the Universe. Devas approached 'God Vishnu' who advised them to churn the milk ocean to get Amrith, the nectar of immortality. Devas could not do this mammoth task all alone. So they approached the Asuras and a deal was made. God Vishnu, took the incarnation of a turtle who supported Mandhara, the mountain who agreed to become the rod and Vasuki, the Goddess of serpents became the churning rope. Thus began the churning of the milk ocean with the Asuras and Devas on both sides turning the mighty mountain back and forth in milk ocean.














Many auspicious items emerged during this process that extended thousands of years. These were distributed equally between the two parties. 'Halahala', a deadly poison that could destroy the whole world came out which was effectively neutralized by 'God Shiva' who drank it that finally settled at his neck region when 'Goddess Parvathy', his wife squeezed his neck to prevent it from getting into his stomach. This earned God Shiva the name 'Neelkantan', meaning one who has a neck colored blue.


Finally God Dhanwanthary, the heavenly Physician emerged from the ocean carrying Amrith, the nectar of immortlity. Utter chaos followed and Asuras ran away with it. Devas tricked the Asuras to get it back, consumed it and attained immortality.

There are so many versions and interpretations for this mythological story.

The sculpture is very beautiful ! Hats off to the people who managed to exhibit this sculpture in a very elegant manner.

  • Vedas and epics are treasure houses of knowledge. Those who dwelled upon this milky way has attained immense wealth in the form of wisdom. We worship such souls who attained great insight. Words fail here to explain such sacred things !   

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23 comments:

  1. And to think that I pass this magnificent wonder without taking a second look while behind those poses lie a wonderful story. Thanks for the information.

    This is probably the most photographed thing inside the airport of which I have none. Will probably do next time.

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  2. You are right. I also feel the same.
    People love to capture this. Now I think the layout might have changed. I clicked it about 4 years ago. Would love to see how it looks like now. You may take some pics when you visit. It is in the departure area but I think if you go straight ahead after arrival without taking the exit turn you will see it.

    I don't know if a similar sculpture is available anywhere in India, the birthplace of this magnificent event.

    Thanks for the comment.!

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  3. It is an amazing sculpture. I haven't seen anything similar in the airports I've been to.

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    1. Yes, it is wonderful !
      If you visit Bangkok, do not miss it !
      Thank you so much ! Happy blogging !

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  4. I have so enjoyed reading through both of your blogs. Thank you so much...I'm likely to never get back across the ocean again, I loved reading about these places and seeing your beautiful photos.

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    1. Welcome and thank you so much :)
      Have you visited Asia before ?

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  5. Fantastic sculptures and excellent photography ~ Great post ^_^

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  6. I think I had stopped over in Bangkok many years ago, but haven't noticed this statutes.
    Strange hearing such a story, but nice to know:)

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    1. Wow, great !
      As you can see the pamphlet in front tells you the story. Suvarnabhumi airport is awesome; you have lot of photo opportunity there ! Suvarnabhumi means 'golden land'. It is the 'airport of smiles'!

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  7. Hallo! It's very beautiful and interesting! Good bye!

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    1. Thanks. Please visit again and add comments.

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  8. I wonder how long and how much it cost to make this.

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    1. Hello, no idea at all. Will try to collect some details.

      The metal pamphlet in one of my pictures shows a short history of this great event.

      Thanks for the comment.

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  9. Hi Rajiv, excellent posting, thank you for sharing the interesting history. Those sculpture are really amazing and spectaculars. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a great day ahead.

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    1. Hi Amelia, thank you so much.

      Find this amazing sculpture in the departure area in the Suvarnabhumi airport at Bangkok. It is very beautiful.

      Wish you also a wonderful day ahead.

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  10. I do see the story in the sculpture, and it's wonderful of you to share it!

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    1. Thanks a lot ! Please visit again and add comments.

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  11. Bad time to visit this post! Now I wanna return to Bangkok to eat & shop again!

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    1. Thanks for your visit Shirley :)
      The place is awesome !

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  12. Thank you for sharing! I hope you don't mind if I link back your site on my blog. :)

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  13. Thanks for the story. I like it. It is one of the awesome scenes in Suvarnabhumi airport, Bangkok.

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