Brahma Shrine at Caesars Palace is a Fun Vegas Find

When you return to exploring Las Vegas again, here’s a hidden gem even frequent visitors may not realize exists.

It’s the Brahma shrine at Caesars Palace.

Caesars Palace shrine

Neon isn’t the only bling in Las Vegas.

The shrine sits near the entrance to Hell’s Kitchen restaurant, a few feet from the “Absinthe” tent.

The shrine is a replica of one of Thailand’s most popular shrines found at Bangkok’s Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel. It was donated to Caesars Palace in 1984.

Caesars shrine donors

Shout-out to the only Brahma shrine in Western Hemisphere.

The shrine is 14 feet tall and weighs about 8,500 pounds. It originally weighed 1,200 pounds, but then the Bacchanal Buffet opened at Caesars, so that flew out the window.

Visitors stop by the shrine outside Caesars Palace because it’s said to “bestow prosperity and good fortune on those who come to visit and make their hopes and wishes known.”

Or, as gamblers put it, “Hey, it can’t hurt.”

Buddhist shrine Las Vegas

Caesars directions: “Outside Hell’s Kitchen.” Bangkok directions: “Ratchaprasong intersection of Ratchadamri Road in Lumphini Subdistrict, Pathum Wan District.”

In the center of the shrine, Brahma has eight hands holding various objects like a vase (sacred water), a string of beads (karma), a book (knowledge), a spear (willpower), a conch shell (wealth) and Caesars Rewards loyalty club card (freebies). Unless, of course, it’s culturally insensitive to make jokes like that, then nevermind.

Beyond Brahma’s eight hands, it also has four faces.

The Internet can’t decide what the four faces mean. Some sources say they represent the divine states of mind: Loving kindness, compassion, sympathy and equanimity. Others say they represent career/life, relationship/family, wealth and wisdom/health.

Vegas shrine

The ’80s were a good time to be a plaque maker.

Fun Thai fact: In Thai culture, it’s best to avoid praying at the Brahma shrine during your period, as it’s considered disrespectful. We are not making this up.

The bottom line is the Brahma shrine at Caesars Palace has a lot of mojo and shouldn’t be overlooked as a place for calm and introspection and possibly an edge before you hit the casino.

21 thoughts on “Brahma Shrine at Caesars Palace is a Fun Vegas Find

  1. Flu Fanatic

    I haven’t been to Vegas in a few years, unfortunately. I was hoping to finally make it back this year. Maybe I will, if the pandemic ends. I remember Ceasers Palace in the 80s. Fun times there. I look forward to going back.

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    1. Richey

      They put Hells Kitchen next to the religious shrine. The religious shrine was there first, but I see what you mean.

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      1. Scaredy Cat

        Hell’s Kitchen is a pagan religious shrine? Okay… if you want it to be. You probably won’t get any argument from Gordon Ramsay about it.

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  2. Scaredy Cat

    Walking into a casino is always such a mixed bag of emotions ranging from wigged-out excitement to feelings of bottomless doom. The Brahma shrine is the perfect fix to that unsettling empanada. In stark contrast to the craps dealer, the Brahma shrine makes you happy to be alive.

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    1. Allen

      “feelings of bottomless doom” and “wigged-out excitement” ? Sounds like the definition of manic. I think you’re joking.

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    1. Scott Roeben Post author

      I do what I can. My blog is for fun, so I’m not really interested in talking about the shutdown too much–more than enough of that on Twitter.

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  3. Martin Veneroso

    Great choice of subject for a fun article! One small niggle, though: while Thailand is a majority-Buddhist country, the shrine is Hindu, and not Buddhist. There’s a *huge* difference between the two religions.

    While you are on the subject of temples on the Strip, how about an article about the teak temple on the grounds of the old Castaways, roughly where the TI is now?

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    1. Scott Roeben Post author

      Thanks for the correction. Not even sure where I picked that up! Will have to check out the other one you’re talking about.

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  4. Boulder Steve

    Found it by accident years ago walking down the Strip. Its beautiful and not tacky like most things in Las Vegas

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  5. Dave

    The photo of the shrine at night is breathtaking. I can’t wait until we are able to once again see it in person.

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  6. Joe

    That second plaque is absolutely blasphemous. It’s absolutely forbidden for Christians and Jews to pray at pagan shrines or to pagan idols. Anyone who has read the Bible or Torah would know this.

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    1. Martin Veneroso

      Don’t cross the streams!

      C’mon Joe, crossover events are fun! They’re popular, too, in many other fictional settings – you should try it!

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    2. Scaredy Cat

      Joe, you don’t even have to pray at the Brahma shrine to get in trouble. All it takes is walking by the shrine, and you wind up slap-bang in Hell’s Kitchen! I’ve always imagined a little transition time to weasel my way out of going to hell, but this setup must be the doings of Intelligent Design or something sinister like that. I think maybe all the “coexist” bumper stickers you see around are starting to wear on the man upstairs. He’s got no sense of humor anymore. Could that be it, Joe?

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    3. Eddie G.

      “That second plaque is absolutely blasphemous.”

      Thanks for the tip, Joe!

      I wouldn’t want to accidentally do something blasphemous while in Vegas to drink, smoke, eat like a glutton, gamble, and fornicate with strange women!

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      1. Joe

        Eddie G.,

        I haven’t gotten to those subjects yet. Too often, they are too far off topic. One of these days I’ll expand on them. For now, Here’s a question open to everyone…. Has partaking in Las Vegas’ vast offerings (perhaps with the exception of attending business conventions and dining out), has Las Vegas actually improved your life? Has it made you a better husband? A better father? A better American? Has LV improved your long-term financial situation (skilled players excluded)?

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        1. Scaredy Cat

          Joe, I would answer yes to all of your questions that apply. Of course, my are eyes are closed to it all until I visit the Brahma shrine. And then it’s like stepping into a new world with different languages, the beautiful smell of flowers, psychedelic colors, mind-bending sights, cheerful sounds, and beautiful people from diverse cultures around the world. Plus, it’s cheaper and requires a lot less packing than a trip to Bangkok.

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        2. Dave

          Joe, I don’t go to Vegas to be a better husband (I’m single). I don’t go to be a better father (I don’t have children). I don’t go to improve my financial situation (I don’t gamble). I go to Vegas to recharge my batteries, relax, and to eat good food. These things nourish my soul and help me to be a better person on a professional and personal level. Vital Vegas is dedicated to people who enjoy the city and what it has to offer; if you are not in that camp perhaps you should move on.

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