The God of Protection in front of the Intercontinental Hotel is the grand protector of heaven, hell and earth. With his almighty vessel, the sacred Garuda, the God of Protection uses his might and power to ensure that good prevails over evil. The Narayana Shrine is next to Gaysorn Village and Opposite Amarin Plaza. Narayana (Vishnu) is the god of protection, accompanied by the sacred Garuda. It is believed that Narayana can appear in many different forms with the Lord Buddha one of them. The image of Narayana at the Intercontinental stands on the shoulders of the sacred bird-like Garuda, a mythological Hindu/Buddhist figure that is one of the cultural symbols of Thailand, carrying a disc, mace, conch, and lotus in his four hands. To pray to Narayana, worshippers can make offerings of water, flowers, incense, and fruit. Elephant statues are also acceptable. People pray for protection from evil, as they believe Narayana will protect them. The shrine is open 24 hours daily.