Ten Things About: The Brahma Shrine, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas

By Michelle Railey

Brahma Shrine (Collage) (Featured/Attached)
The Brahma Shrine, Caesar’s Palace

1. The plaque by the shrine reads “The Brahma shrine is renowned throughout the Far East, to people of all faiths, as a place of prayer which in turn bestows prosperity and good fortune on those who come to visit and make their hopes and wishes known. The casting ceremonies for the four-faced, eight-handed statue of the Brahma were held in Bangkok, Thailand on November 25, 1983 and many important religious authorities and international dignitaries participated.”

2. The global coordinates of the shrine are N 36° 06.946 W 115° 10.410

3. The shrine is a replica of the famous Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand. The Hindu shrine is also known as the Thao Maha Phrom Shrine. The figure inside is Phra Phrom, the Thai representation of Brahma, the Hindu creation god.

4. The Caesar’s Palace shrine is known as both “The Brahma Shrine” and “The Buddhist Shrine.”

5. The shrine was dedicated February 5, 1984. It was donated to Caesar’s Palace by Mr. and Mrs. Kamphol Vacharaphol and Mr. Yip Hon.

6. The statue of Brahma is bronze. The base is made of wood, mirrored tile, and marble. The shrine weighs 8,500 pounds.

7. Some of the Brahma’s hands are holding: a vase, a scepter, a disk, a book, and a shell.

8. The shrine incorporates altars stocked with incense for those who wish to honor the shrine (or encourage good fortune to come to themselves).

9. It is listed in the Art Inventories Catalog of the Smithsonian, a database of art known as SIRIS, the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System.

10. The Brahma Shrine is one of five lucky spots at Caesar’s. The other four are the statues of Caesar Augustus, Joe Louis, and David and Cleopatra’s Barge.

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