Friday, 9 January 2009

Wat Pa Lelai วัดป่าเลไลยก์วรวิหาร

Wat Pa Lelai Worawihan is located on the banks of Tha Chi River.It is generally called "Wat Pa" by the villagers. The temple has the royal insignia of King Rama V, which shows that it is a royal temple.

According to historical records, before succeeding to the throne, King Rama V was a monk and it was during that time that he was responsible for founding Wat Pa Lelai Worawihan. After he became the king, King Rama V had the temple restored to its former glory.

The Vihara houses a 23.46 metersBuddha image named "Luang Pho To" in the attitude of leading a jungle life. The image, highly revered by the people, was formerly in the attitude of giving the first preaching sermon but was changed to the present attitude when it was renovated. You can see the seated Buddha image accepting offerings from an elephant and monkey, which is a typical art form of U Thong Suphannaphum era. In addition to the Luang Pho To, the wihan also houses 36 Buddha relics.

Every year there are two worshipping fairs falling on the 5th to the 9th waxing moon days of the 5th and the 12th lunar months repectively.

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