Buddhism is the main religion of Thailand. About 94 to 95% of people in Thailand are Buddhist; hence it is an integral part of their culture and tradition. The Buddhists are very peaceful and spiritual people because the very principle of their religion is non violence. They live their life with utmost simplicity and spread the message of love and peace wherever they go. They are very spiritual people and elaborately express their devotion to the god, the Buddha. They have magnificent temples which are called monasteries, where they perform various rituals and chant prayers from their religious books to connect to god and pray for peace and harmony.
There are about more than 40,000 Buddhist temples in Thailand spread far and wide across the country. Almost every nook and corner of the country has a Buddhist temple, where people offer their prayers to their god. Some of the temples are centuries old and have high regard in the religious life of the Thais. Some temples have been destroyed in time and only their ruins remain. The Buddhist temples in Thailand have been classified into different categories like royal temples and temples according to the region. The Royal temples have been further classified into special class, first class, second class and third class. Region wise classification includes Northern, North-eastern, Western, Eastern, Central and Southern Thailand. These temples are widely popular for their elaborate architecture, stunning murals, fascinating Buddha images and paintings and its historical and cultural significance. The intricate wood carvings, the minute paintings, the vibrant and colourful look, the elaborate decorations yet the simplicity makes it one of the most revered shrines.
Every year thousands of people, both Buddhists and non-Buddhists come here to see and experience these temples from far and wide places. It is nothing less than a pilgrimage to them. These temples play a very important role in the life of the Thais. It shapes up their religious and social life. It is their medium to connect to god and protect themselves from the misery of this world. These temples are run and maintained by monks who are highly respected in the Thai society. These monks give up the material world and surrender themselves to the service of god, living life in the simplest way and spreading the message of god. They teach us the virtues of simplicity and honesty. They show us how we can discard all the material greed and live life in the most simplest and fulfilling way. The temples they live in spread the same message. The spiritual and sacred environment of the temples instils in us a deep sense of gratitude and devotion. The aesthetic beauty of these temples pleases our eyes, the sanctity cleanses our soul and the purity energises us to discard our sinful ways and devote ourselves to spreading the values of love and care wherever we go. The peace and harmony that you experience has no comparison and cannot be bought with any amount of money.