Sunday, December 31, 2017

Visiting Kuan-Im Chinese Temple - Nakhon Pathom - Thailand.

The famous Kuan-Im Chinese Temple with Bodhisattvas Kuan Yin statue (Phra Buddha Attire) with 9 Dragons is venerated in main temple altar at Nakhon Pathom province. 
 The Bodhisattvas Kuan Yin sits serenely overlooking the altar. She is flanked by her loyal attendants, the Jade Girl and the Golden Boy. This is main altal for Kuan-Im Chinese Temple in Nakhon Pathom.
 The sacred Heavenly Deity statues and big Vajra Dorje at center.
 The sacred Tibetan Thangka with depicting a Buddhist deity and Mantra Dorje.
 The sacred altar of Buddhist deity.

The Eagles in temple, powerfully built birds of prey, with heavy heads and beaks.
 The top floor of Kuan-Im Chinese Temple, venerated the beautiful statue of Bodhisattvas Kuan Yin.
 The close view of the Bodhisattvas Kuan Yin with 9 Dragons image at side and also beside have Golden Boy & Jade Girl statues and guardian statues.
View from top floor Kuan-Im Chinese Temple.
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Monday, December 11, 2017

Visiting Wat Debsirindrawas Ratchaworawiharn ~ The Main Ubosot & Phra NiranTarai (Part 2/2).

Chao Khun Nor was born on Saturday, 5th Febuary BE2440 and was the eldest in the family of 5 siblings. He was among the first batch of students at the Official University of Kingdom Siam, now known as Chulalongkorn University. After completing his studies, Chao Khun Nor became an officer in the King's Palace, then ruled by the 6th King of Thailand. He became the closest attendant to the King and he moved to the King's chamber and attended to the King's daily needs. After the death of the 6th King, CK Nor was devastated. He left the palace in BE2468. 
His parents wanted him to get married with a lady teacher after seeing CK Nor so sad over the death of the King. However, before anything could be firmed up, CK Nor told his parents that he wanted to be ordained. 
CK Nor ordained on 23th March BE2468 at Wat Thepsirintahwaht, a day before the 6th King was cremated. He became a monk as tum boon (giving merit) for the 6th King. CK Nor was a strict vegetarian who consumed only one meal a day and decided never to leave the monkhood. He was ordained by Somdej Phra Putta Koshacharn (Charoen), who was also his preceptor. Phra Putwiriyaaigon, the abbot of Wat Sommanatwihahn and Phra Udon Seelahkon Wat Dhepsirin were the Dhamma teachers. 
CK Nor passed away on Friday 8th January BE2514 at the age of 74 after having lead a strict & disciplined lifestyle for 46 rain retreats. He was cremated on 22nd February BE2515. Although Chao Khun Nor has passed away, he is still fondly remembered until today and is immortalized in the hearts of many people. He remains as one of the most renowned and respected monks in Thailand. 
Wat Debsirindrawas Ratchaworawiharn (Wat Thepsirin) is situated near the Kasatsuek Bridge and Hua Lam Phong Railway Station. King Rama V ordered its construction in 1876 in memory of Queen Thepsirin, who was his mother. In 1893 he ordered a royal crematorium be constructed on the temple grounds. This was intended for royalty who were not given a state funeral at Sanam Luang and for the general public. It was unusual because normally a royal temple does not have a crematorium. On one side of the temple is the well-known Thepsirin School, and on the other side is the monastic residence area and a crematorium for royalty and other important personages. 
 The small Wiharn for personages.
 The unique sacred Chedi shape structures and other important building.
Important structures include the phra ubosot, which is large and beautifully decorated with LaiRodNam designs, the door and window frames. The ceiling are carved with designs depicting royal decorations. In the Phra Ubosot are enshrined many important Buddha images, such as the Phra Nirantarai, which is the official image of the Fourth Reign, installed in 1878 according to the wish of King Rama IV.
 Photo taken inside the main Ubosot.
 The beautiful designs depicting royal decorations and close view of Phra Buddha images, such as the Phra Nirantarai.
The surrounding area of Wat Debsirindrawas Ratchaworawiharn.
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Visiting Wat Debsirindrawas Ratchaworawiharn ~ The Royal Crematorium (Part 1/2).

Wat Debsirindrawas Ratchaworawiharn is a second class royal temple with next to Debsirin School and Royal Crematorium. Wat Debsirin (Wat Thepsirin) is more common know as temple where the famous monk CK Nor ordained on 23th March BE2468 at Wat Debsirindrawas, a day before the 6th King was cremated. He became a monk as "giving merit" for the 6th King. Chao Khun Nor was a strict vegetarian who consumed only one meal a day and decided never to leave the monkhood. There is also a Royal Crematorium or Meru which King Rama V ordered built as a crematorium for members of the royal family who had no special crematory pavilion on the grounds of Sanam Luang. King Rama V also ordered built Phlap Phla Issaryiphorn Pavilion to be used for housing his son Prince Issaryiaphorn's body. The Pavilion is used now by the royal family during their presence for royal cremation ceremonies. The Royal Crematorium at Wat Debsirin is the place where dead bodies of those who dedicated for nation is burnt.
In part 1, we will sharing the photos of The Royal Crematorium site.
The Pavilion located at center of the site The Royal Crematorium.
The Flower and Fire used in cremation is usually lit by magnifying sunlight onto candle prior to the ceremony.
The Hall building.
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