Saturday, September 30, 2017

Visiting Wat Banden ~ Kruba Tuang - The Remarkable Grand Blue Temple With 12 Chedis Of The Zodiac Animal Signs (Part 3/3).

The Part 3 we will share the back side of temple Wat Banden, where holds the 12 Chedis or 12 Pagodas. According to ancient local belief when people die their spirit will stay in the chedi of their Zodiac animal sign. During their lifetime, everyone should make a pilgrimage to the temple of his Zodiac sign. Every Zodiac animal sign has an official temple in Thailand. Since some of these temples are far from Chiang Mai province, abbot Kruba Tuang decided to build 12 Pagodas in the Wat Banden, each one representing one of the Zodiac signs.
 The Lanna style Pavilion and long Hall building with Blue Roof of Wat Banden. Although the temple complex is relatively new, it has already become an important place of worship for local people and Buddhists from all over Thailand.
 The veneration Phra Buddha statues along the Hall building.
 The monk Kuti of Kruba Tuang. As Kruba Tuang was a good and well-behaved monk, people respected him and make donations to support him turning the temple into an exquisite and magnificent place of worship. Not so long after, it became widely known. 
 Next side from the Kuti is located the 12 Chedis of the Zodiac Animal sign.
 Another part of the 12 Chedis. 
 The largest White Chedi and Copper Sheet Chedi.
 The sacred statues of Kruba Tuang and Phra Buddha.
 Another part of the temple with Wiharn and one of the 12 Chedis.
 The magnificent new built Chedis of Wat Banden.
The small Wiharn with several shrine of Phra Buddha statue.
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Visiting Wat Banden ~ Kruba Tuang - The Remarkable Grand Blue Temple With Teak Wooden Wiharn (Part 2/3).

In Part 2, we see one of the more imposing structures of the Wat Banden is a very large Lanna style teak wood viharn with a three tiered roof. The Wiharn is an attractive building with its blue roof and golden barge boards, decorated with intricate wood carvings.
 The Blue Roof wiharn of Wat Banden ~ Grand Blue Temple.
 The large Wooden Pillar with decorated painting on it and venerated Phra Buddha statue along the hall.
 The photo of Kruba Boonchum and Kruba Tuang.
 Photo taken inside the Wiharn and background view of another Wiharn of Blue Roof with  white concrete platform.
 The main altar of Wat Banden.
 The photo taken in front the main Phra Buddha and monks statues.
 The big Wooden carvings statues of Phra Buddha.
 The statues of Phra Buddha stand on ground Wiharn.
 The panaroma view inside the Wiharn.
 The former abbot  Kruba Thueang Natsilo's statue, if i not mistake.
 Photos of Abbot Kruba Tuang ~ Wat Banden, has completely renovated the Wat Banden and added a number of impressive structures.
The sacred amulet collection in counter Wat Banden.
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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Visiting Wat Banden ~ Kruba Tuang - The Remarkable Grand Blue Temple (Part 1/3).

The "Wat Banden temple" is an amazingly attractive and unusual Thai Temple in Chiang Mai province. The complex temple Wat Banden is contains a large number of structures including an ordination hall, a viharn, a meditation hall, the kuti or monks living quarters, a drum hall and several other buildings and all with "blue roof tile". In Part 1, we will sharing the front side of the Grand Blue Temple ~ Wat Banden.
 The main entrance of Wat Banden and big Garden in front the temple.
The temple stands prominently on top of a small hill and can be easily seen afar. The beautiful Rainbow is see during my visit under the small hill.
 The sacred statue of Kruba Tuang standing in front the temple Wat Banden. 
 The large building Wiharn, Ubosot and Chedis of Wat Banden. Although the structures of the Wat are relatively new, they are built in traditional architectural style.
 The Hall buildings at both side with Blue Roof.
 The panorama view of the front side of Wat Banden.
The sacred Singha and Elephant on each side of the stairs, acting as guardians.
 The Beautiful Wiharn with very ornately decorated all wooden structures with a blue roof and golden chofah decorating the roof ends. The other building consisting of multiple floors are set on a white concrete platform. Several buildings contain detailed wood carvings in traditional style showing various animals and mythological creatures.
 The sacred and beautiful Nawakot 9 Faces Buddha statue venerated in the mondop.
 The photo taken with large mythical Naga serpents on each side of the stairs, acting as guardians.
 Another small Wiharn building of Wat Banden with all over the temple grounds are large white lion figures called Singha in Thai.
The remarkable beautiful Grand Blue Temple ~ Wat Banden in Chiang Mai province.
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