Due to my very strong affinity with the sacred Buddhist amulets from Thailand, i will bring you more articles about temples you always wish to visit, biography of the monks, forgetten legends and stories, fascinating rituals and all the other intriguing happenings of Thai amulet circle.
Every day, thousands of devotees both Thai and foreigners pray at the shrine to seek blessings, fulfillment of dreams, success in personal lives and careers. The Erawan Shrine stands majestically in glittering gold at the busy junction of Ploenchit and Rajadamri Roads in the heart of downtown Bangkok. This photos taken by me in year 2008. The Golden Phra Phrom statue with flower offerings.
The sacred statue under its glittering canopy.
Erawan Shrine the Golden Phra Phrom in a cloud of incense smoke.
Thai dancers can often be seen at Erawan. A popular tourist attraction, it often features performances by resident Thai dance troupes, who are hired by worshippers in return for seeing their prayers at the shrine answered.
The entire temple - Wat Suthat compound covering 45,000 square metres. Within, it has many interesting architectural, sculptural, and visual highlights reflective of original Thai Buddhism theme and philosophy. One of the very prominent structure that some termed it as a Giant Swing (See below), it was believed to be constructed in 1784 that locates mid between the busy traffic at front of the main entrance to Wat Suthat. The giant Swing which was painted in distinctive red paint is located at one of the main entrance to the temple. King Rama I founded the temple - Wat Suthat at the central area of the city at that time, and built the sizable Wiharn as the Wiharn of Wat PhananChoeng in Ayutthaya. Then the Sukhothai style bronze Buddha image, brought from Wat Mahathat in Sukhothai, was installed inside the Wiharn of Wat Suthat. The Buddha image was called Phra Toh or Phra Yai means Big Buddha Image. The Wiharn (Main Hall) was completed in the reign of the King Rama III. Then the Ubosot (Ordination Hall) was built along with the principal Buddha image. The temple was then named Wat Suthat ThepWararam. Later, King Rama IV named the principal Buddha image inside the Wiharn as Phra Phuttha Sri Sakkayamuni and the principal Buddha image inside the Ubosot as Phra Phuttha Trilokachet.View of the Wat Suthat from Giant Swing.Photo taken in year 2009, behind is the Main Wiharn of Wat Suthat.Chinese figures image outside the wiharn of Wat Suthat.Between the Main Wiharn and surrounding Chinese Style Chedi has a very spacious path. Twenty-eight Chinese Chedis, re-presenting the 28 previous lives of Buddha.Line of Buddha statues lining the cloister, surrounding the Main Wiharn of Wat Suthat.In one corner of the inner courtyard, stands a statue of King Ananda Mahidol or King Rama VIII, a poignant memorial to the young King. King Ananda had a strong attachment to Wat Suthat and his remains ashes are interred at the base of the Buddha statue in the Wiharn.Thais people performing their prayers just outside the Main Wiharn. At the center of the Wiharn is the famous Buddha statue of Phra Phuttha Sri Sakkayamuni. Along with the Phra Phuttha Trilokachet which was installed at the Ordination Hall behind this Main Wiharn-Royal Chapel, both easily form as the center of all attractions that you can find in Wat Suthat. According to many reading references, this 8 metres high Phra Phuttha Sri Sakkayamuni Buddha image was among one of the largest and oldest bronze cast Buddha image in such scale that you can find in Thailand today.If you are a fan of ancient Buddhist art, inside this Main Wiharn of Wat Suthat can let you spent hours to appreciate all it has within. At back of the Buddha statue of Phra Phuttha Sri Sakkayamuni was beautifully crafted in traditional Thai design and decoration. Inside the Wiharn, on the inner walls of the mural paintings depicting the life of the Lord Buddha Gautama, his teaching, stories and legends.The Phra Ubosot or Ordination Hall at Wat Suthat is a huge building behind the Main Wiharn-Royal chapel and many people regards it as the largest religious location for such purpose in Thailand today. Above is the pathway to link between the Main Wiharn and Phra Ubosot of Wat Suthat.Thais people performing their prayers just outside the Phra Ubosot.The primary Buddha Statue of Phra Phuttha Trilokachet which takes the center stage of the Ubosot hall. The Phra Phuttha Trilokachet was being casted as an original work at Wat Suthat during the reign of King Rama III, and at 8.45 metres in height, it actually measures higher than the Phra Phuttha Sri Sakkayamuni. At the front of this bronze cast Buddha Statue, there are around 80 Arahant statues designed as Buddha disciples as you may like to refer them as, in positions portraying postures like listening to the Buddha's sermon.The amulets counter of the temple Wat Suthat, you will finds many good stuff here. . See more amulets that I obtained from Wat Suthat at: http://thaiamulets-dhammapath.blogspot.com/search?q=wat+suthat . See more Thai amulets at: http://www.thaiamulets-dhammapath.blogspot.com/