Monday, May 9, 2011

Wat Benchamabophit (Marble Temple), BKK

Wat Benchamabophit or it is well known for the foreign tourists as the “Marble Temple”.  It was constructed with Carrara marble from Italy therefore it has gotten the name.  This temple was constructed in 1900 by King Chulalongkorn (King Rama V) and “Benchamabophit” means the “temple of King Rama V”.  Inside the Ubosoth (hall of Buddhist temple) Phra Buddha Chinnarat is the main Buddha image. It is a replica of Phra Buddha Chinnarat at Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat in Phitsanulok province. The image is in bronze with an unusual blue lighting around it and with the gesture of the Buddha subduing Mara.  It is believed Phra Buddha Chinnarat is the most beautiful Buddha image in Thailand.  Beneath the Buddha's throne, the ashes of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) are interred.   At the cloister of the Ubosoth 52 Buddha images are enshrined.  Some are originals brought from all around the kingdom and abroad and some are imitations. Walking along the cloister is recommended so that you see the Buddha image in many different postures and with different hand gestures.

An Image of the Buddha sitting with one leg above the other wearing the attributes of royalty in the style of Haripunchai found at Wat Mahathat Haripunchai, Lamphun.

A standing Buddha in the attitude of forbidding his relatives to fight one another, in the style of  U Thong.  Found at Wat Ratchathani, Sukhothai.

An image of the Buddha sitting cross-legged in the attitude of teaching (called Galled Gandhararath, used in the ceremony of calling down the rain) in sino-thai style, of the Ayutthaya period, cast and enlarged from an ancient model now at Wat Yai, Phetchaburi.

A standing Buddha, in the attitude of calming the ocena in the style of the Ayutthaya period.  Found at Phetchaburi.

At the cloister was resting Teerapon.

The Bodhi tree is an important object in Buddhist iconography. The tree has the botanical name of Ficus religiosa. According to Buddhist tradition, the Bodhi tree played an important role in the life of Buddha, who meditated under the Bodhi tree and received enlightenment.


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