Monday, August 22, 2011

Wat Phra Pathom Chedi & Phra Ruang In Nakhon Pathom - Thailand.

Wat Phra Pathom Chedi is located the largest pagoda in Thailand and is the officiaprovincial symbol of Nakhon Pathom. The present Phra Pathom Chedi was built during the reign of King Rama IV (King MongKut) in 1853, under his royal command, the new Chedi was constructed to cover the former Chedi of which the shape was of an upside down bell shape with a Prang top.One of the entrance to the Pathom Chedi was venerated a stone Buddha statue of Dvaravati style.The statues were pasted by the gold foil.The statue of King Chulalongkorn.This Vihara is located at the same entrance of the Buddha statue of Dvaravati.The Phra Pathom Chedi assumed that the former Chedi dates back to the year 539AD due to the fact that the upside down bell shaped Chedi has a similar style to the Sanchi Chedi in India which was built in the reign of King Asoka. The construction of the new huge Chedi was completed in the reign of King Rama V in 1870. In all, it took 17 years to build. The completed Chedi is a circular one that features an upside down bell shape Chedi (Lankan style). The height from ground to a top crown is some 120.45 metres, and a total diameter at the base is 233.50 metres. The sacred Chedi houses Lord Buddhas relics.Some renovation works is in progress.The replica of ancient Phra Pathom Chedi that underlying at present Pathom Chedi.Old Chedi monument.Caves into the base of the structure where one can go meditate and pray.The thousand year old statues of Phra Buddha, Guan Yin, SangKachai and Phra Phrom were venerated inside the cave.In this Vihara we can see the Mural Painting of the Chedi's internal structure of original chedi with its unique stupa design in the shape of an upside-down bowl was 39m high, similar in style to that of the Sanchi Stupa in India. Within the Vihara, we can view the great significance Phra Pathom Chedi.The close view of the Phra Pathom Chedi, it takes a few mins to walk round the Chedi.
The Reclining Buddha of Phra Non is located at western Vihara.The Gold plated Phra Ruang Rodjanarith (8 metre tall), an image of Buddha bestowing pardon, is enshrined in a vihara located to the North and in front of Phra Pathom Chedi. The casting of this Buddha image was casted during the reign of King Rama VI. The images head, hand, and feet were brought from Muang Srisatchanalai, Sukhothai.See more Wat Phra Pathom Chedi amulets at:
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