Sunday, June 28, 2009

Wat Phra Si Sanphet In Ayutthaya- Thailand

Wat Phra Si Sanphet was situated on the premises of the Ayutthaya's Royal Palace. In 1448, King Boroma Tri-Lokanat dedicated the side of the Royal Palace to the construction of the temple. However, the temple of Wat Phra Si Sanphet was only erected by his son, King Ramathibodi II.
In 1492, King Ramathibodi II completed the first two chedis; the one on the east and the one in the middle. The east chedi enshrines the relics (ashes) of his father, King Boroma Tri-Lokanat. The one in the middle enshrines the relics (ashes) of his brother, King Boroma Rachathirat III. Later his son built the final chedi, the one on the west, to enshrine King Ramathibodi II's own relics (ashes).

The most important edifices in this temple are the three main chedis containing the ashes of King Boroma Tri-Lokanat, King Boroma Rachathirat III and King Ramathibodi II.
Those chedis were some of the few, which were not destroyed when the Burmese invaded the Siamese capital in 1767.
The Phra Ruang Buddha statue is venerates inside the east chedi.
This Ubosot is to the east of wiharn Phra Si Sanphet. It served as a place for the royal merit making and other royal ceremonies. This is similar to Wat Phra Kaew or the Emerald Buddha temple in Bangkok.
The compound view of Wat Phra Si Sanphet in Ayutthaya, Thailand.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wat Phra Mongkhon Bophit In Ayutthaya, Thailand.

Phra Mongkhon Bophit is one of the largest bronze Buddha images in Thailand. The image measures 9.55 metres at the widest point across the lap, and 12.45 metres high without the base. This Buddha image is seated in the position of subduing mara and situated on the west side of the old palace compound in the Vihara of Phra Mongkhon Bophit temple. The image is believed to have been constructed in the early Ayutthaya period between 1448 to 1602 A.D. and was originally situated at the east side of the old palace compound. Later, during the reign of King Song Tham it was moved to the west side and a Mondop was built to shelter it. During the reign of King Phra Chao Sua (1706 A.D.) the top part of the Mondop and the head of the image were damaged by the lightning. The Mondop was converted into a Vihara and the main restoration of Phra Mongkhon Bophit was completed during the reign of King BoromaKote (1742-1743 A.D.)
During the fall of the Ayutthaya Kingdom in 1767, the roof of the Vihara was damaged by the fire and the head and the right arm of the image were broken. Later, the image was repaired and the Vihara was completely restored again in 1956.
On 23rd March 1990, the Supreme Patriarch presided over a candle lighting ceremony in front of the image and announced that people could honour the image by covering it with gold leaf. H.M. Queen Sirikit auspiciously paid homage to the image and donated Baht 70,000 to the restoration fund. Henceforward, the Mongkhon Bophit Foundation undertook to cover the image with gold leaf in celebration of the 60th birthday of H.M. Queen Sirikit.

Today, an U-Thong and Sukhothai style image of Phra Mongkhon Bophit is entirely covered with gold leaf.
Inside the Vihara is venerates many other Buddha images, and the amulets counter.
The view of all around the temple compound.

The Phra Mongkhon Bophit amulets I obtained from the temple.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Wat Kasatrathirat In Ayutthaya- Thailand.

Wat Kasatrathirat Worawihan is outside the island of the city of Ayutthaya that is formed by the river and it's khlongs.
It is an ancient temple of the Sukhothai period, founded in 2200BE with a main Prang Chedi at it's center. It was totally destroyed during the Burmese invasion until it was built up again during the time of King Rama I.

In front the Ubosot is a Phra Cinaraj statue of veneration.

A Luang Phor Kao Buddha statue with a Prang chedi. The Prang chedi or Khmer style chedi that is high and slim and looks like a vertical ear corn.

It is a beautiful arrangement of buildings at the river with the statue of Phra Pratan that is venerates inside the Ubosot.
Inside the Ubosot view and the Phra Pratan Buddha statues.The wiharn of Wat Kasatrathirat is venerates many Phra Buddha statues and past abbot statues.
Buddha Footprint Shrine of the temple.
An amulets shop of the temple, Wat Kasatrathirat Worawihan.

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