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Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
or Phra Pathom Chedi (Thai: พระปฐมเจดีย์) is a stupa in Thailand.The stupa is located in the Wat
Wat
Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan (Thai: วัดพระปฐมเจดีย์ราชวรมหาวิหาร), a temple in the town center of Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Pathom
Nakhon Pathom
Province, Thailand. The name Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
means the first holy stupa,[1] given by king Mongkut. Originally the stupa named Phra Thom Chedi means the big stupa in ancient Khmer language
Khmer language
or the royal stupa in Northern Thai language. One of the common misunderstandings about this stupa is that Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
is the oldest and the first stupa in Suvarnabhumi, an ancient name of Southeast Asia. Modern Historians believe that the stupa was one of the principal stupas of ancient Nakhon Pathom, the largest settlement of Dvaravati
Dvaravati
culture in Nakhon Pathom
Nakhon Pathom
area together with the nearby Phra Prathon Chedi
Phra Prathon Chedi
(Thai: พระประโทณเจดีย์) during the 6th to the 8th centuries.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Dvaravati
Dvaravati
Period 1.2 Legend of Phaya Gong
Gong
and Phaya Phan 1.3 Khmer Empire
Khmer Empire
and Pagan Invasion 1.4 Mongkut
Mongkut
Discovery 1.5 Later Development 1.6 Giant Incense
Incense
Incident 1.7 World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site
Nomination

2 Geography 3 Architecture

3.1 Phra Pathommachedi 3.2 Northern Vihara 3.3 Eastern Vihara 3.4 Southern Vihara 3.5 Western Vihara 3.6 Ordination Hall 3.7 Mediation Hall

4 Wat
Wat
Phra Pathommachedi 5 Wat
Wat
Phra Pathom Chedi School 6 Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
National Museum 7 Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
in Literature 8 Annual Festival

8.1 Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
Festival 8.2 Phra Ruang Birthday Ceremony

9 Gallery 10 References 11 See also

History[edit] Dvaravati
Dvaravati
Period[edit] Main article: Dvaravati The original of Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
has no historical record, but according to Subhadradis Diskul, a prominent Thai historian and archaeologist, Ashoka, an Indian Emperor who ruled almost all of the Indian subcontinent from circa 269 to 232 BCE, sent a prominent Buddhist
Buddhist
monks to expand Buddhism
Buddhism
in Suvarnabhumi
Suvarnabhumi
including the area that is Nakhon Pathom
Nakhon Pathom
in present day. A Buddhist
Buddhist
temple, Wat
Wat
Phra Pathom, had been established around the year 325 BCE, and the stupa had been built around the year 193 BCE.[2] The original structure is believed to be similar with the Great Stupa
Stupa
in Sanchi,[3] India, with a simple hemispherical brick structure built over the relics of Gautama Buddha
Gautama Buddha
with a structure on the top of the stupa in the shape of a chatra or parasol symbolising high rank. The stupa is first mentioned in Buddhist texts
Buddhist texts
of the year 675, however archaeological findings date back to the 4th century. Modern Historians believe that the stupa was one of the principal stupas of ancient Nakhon Pathom, the largest settlement of Dvaravati
Dvaravati
culture together with the nearby Phra Prathon Chedi
Phra Prathon Chedi
(พระประโทณเจดีย์) during the 6th to the 8th centuries. Legend of Phaya Gong
Gong
and Phaya Phan[edit]

Replica of Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
before restoration

Since the origin of Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
is unknown, there are many legends about the stupa construction. The most famous legend is the legend of Phraya Gong
Gong
and Phraya Phan[1] (Thai: ตำนานพระยากงพระยาพาน). The story is about a king of Nakhon Chai Si, Phraya Gong, had a baby boy, Phan, but the court astrologer predicted that Phan will commit fratricide in the future. Phraya Gong
Gong
then abandoned Phan. The orphan baby had been unknowingly adopted by chidless Granny Hom. Granny Hom raised Phan in Ratchaburi, a vassal city state of Nakhon Chai Si. One day an elephant of the local lord was in rut and attacked people. Phan went to see the elephant and was able to subdue it. After Ratchaburi lord heard about heroic act of Phan, the lord adopted Phan as his son. Phan wanted to conquer Nakhon Chaisi of Phraya Gong, so he sent a letter to Phraya Gong
Gong
for war elephant duel battle. Phan killed Phraya Gong, and demand Phraya Gong's wife to become his queen according to ancient custom. When the queen met Phan, she recognized him to be her son, and told him the truth. Shocked Phan, now became king and named Phraya Phan, executed old Granny Hom for not reveal the truth before he killed his father. After realised that he did a great sin by killing both father and a person who raised him, Granny Hom, in the year 26 BCE Phraya Phan consulted with a group of arhats how to atone for his sin. The arhats recommended Phraya Phan to build a great stupa, one which is of great height that even a bird can not fly higher. Phraya Phan then built a Sri Lankan style stupa by using a very big gong and his bed as a foundation and put Buddha's tooth relic inside. Hundreds of years later, the king of Bago wanted the big gong, so he ordered his men to dig the stupa's foundation; as a result, both gong and stupa then collapsed. The Bago king tried to rebuild the stupa, so he built a Khmer style stupa on the top of this old stupa, which was the stupa form until the reign of king Mongkut. Khmer Empire
Khmer Empire
and Pagan Invasion[edit] After Khmer Empire
Khmer Empire
annexed Dvaravati
Dvaravati
settlements including ancient Nakhon Pathom, in the 11th century, the stupa had been modified with a Khmer style prang on the top of stupa. Anawrahta
Anawrahta
of Pagan Kingdom invaded and plundered ancient Nakhon Pathom. Then the city and the stupa had been abandoned and later overgrown by the jungle. According to No.2 Sukhothai Inscription, a prominent monk from Sukhothai Kingdom tried to rebuild Phra Pathommachedi, but none of the archaeological evidence support this claim. In 1548 Maha Chakkraphat of Ayutthaya Kingdom rebuilt the city and named Nakhon Chai Si, but because of Phra Pathommachedi was far from the new city, the stupa was left in the jungle. Mongkut
Mongkut
Discovery[edit]

Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
in 1925

In 1831 under the reign of Rama III, Mongkut, as a monk, discovered the ruin of Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
and visited several times. He requested royal approval to restore the stupa, but Rama III
Rama III
declined as there was no reason to restore abandoned stupa. In 1832 Sunthorn Phu, a famous Thai poet, accompanied prince Chutamani visit Phra Pathommachedi. After his coronation, Mongkut
Mongkut
rebuilt the stupa with Sri Lanka style covered the old stupa as well as the new temple. The new temple has four viharas that used for Buddhist
Buddhist
ceremonies as well as many storages building to keep artifacts that found in the nearby area. Mongkut
Mongkut
also built a palace named Pathom Nakorn Palace near Phra Pathommachedi. Damrong Rajanubhab
Damrong Rajanubhab
mentioned the reason for building this palace in the book “Tamnaan Wang Gao” (or Tales of the Old Palaces) that during the renovation of Phra Pathommachedi, it was inconvenient to come and go from Bangkok
Bangkok
to Nakhon Pathom
Nakhon Pathom
within a day, thus staying overnight was obligatory. Under the royal command of Mongkut, the palace was built near the stupa. The canals of Mahasawas and Chedi Bucha were also dug to facilitate commuting by boat between Bangkok
Bangkok
and Nakhon Pathom. After 17 years of construction, the stupa and temple were finished in 1870 in the reign of Chulalongkorn. Chulalongkorn
Chulalongkorn
added belfries and imported golden brown colour tiles from China
China
to cover the whole stupa. The population of nearby Nakhon Chai Si District was ordered to move to the newly created city around Phra Pathommachedi. Later Development[edit] In 1907 as a crown prince, Vajiravudh, after visited Phra Pathommachedi for several times, he decided to build Sanam Chandra Palace in Nakhon Pathom. He recorded the miracle stories of Phra Pathommachedi as well as renovated the stupa complex. In 1911 he built the 7.20 metres Buddha
Buddha
image and named Phra Ruang Rojanarit Sri Indraditya Dhammobhas Mahavajiravudhraj Pujaneeya Bophitr (Thai: พระร่วงโรจนฤทธิ์ ศรีอินทราทิตย์ธรรโมภาส มหาวชิราวุธราชปูชนียบพิตร) and installed in the front niche of Phra Pathommachedi. The ashes of Vajiravudh, his consort Suvadhana, and his daughter Bejaratana
Bejaratana
are kept at Phra Pathommachedi. Prajadhipok
Prajadhipok
rebuilt ordination hall. In 1940 Nakhon Pathom
Nakhon Pathom
Province selected Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
as the symbol in provincial seal.

Seal of Nakhon Pathom

In 1966, the temple abbot found several cracks inside the stupa. Ministry of Interior sent a group of experts to check the stupa. After nine years research, the experts group reported that the stupa was in critical state and needed urgent restoration. The restoration finished in 1981. In 2008 Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
had been restored again to solve inside stupa moisture problem, the works done in 2012. Giant Incense
Incense
Incident[edit] In 1998 to celebrate the 84th birthday of Phra Ruang Buddha
Buddha
image, Wat Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
constructed three giant incense sticks to be the biggest incense stick in the world in front of the Northern Vihara. On November 2, 1998, the incense collapsed immediately causing 5 deaths and 13 injuries. World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site
Nomination[edit] In 2009 Department of Fine Arts, Ministry of Culture announced a plan to promote Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
to be UNESCO
UNESCO
World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site
because of the stupa's long history and its significance on Buddhism
Buddhism
expansion in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia
and Dvaravati
Dvaravati
culture. Initially the government plan had been welcomed by media and general public and supported by local municipal office as well as the temple. However the plan caused concerns to local people around Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
which located in the city center and near city central fresh market. Fearing that if Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
becomes World Heritage Site, the market may have to relocate and the whole community may affect from management plan of UNESCO, locals started to protest the plan. In 2011, Department of Fine Arts organized the public hearings in Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
Temple on World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site
nomination, by vote only 3 persons from 200 supported the nomination. Geography[edit] Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
Stupa
Stupa
and surrounding temple are located on the flat floodplain of Chao Phraya - Tha Chin rivers watershed. The land of temple has been filled up and the sewerage system has been created, but the temple complex still floods occasionally after heavy rain especially the grass fields around the stupa. In 1996 the temple grass fields have been cemented to prevent flood. Architecture[edit] The design of Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
complex, when viewed from above, takes the form of a giant Buddhist
Buddhist
mandala, simultaneously representing the Buddhist
Buddhist
cosmology with Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
in the center. Phra Pathommachedi[edit] Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
is the tallest stupa in Thailand, standing at 120.45 meters and with circumference of 235.50 meters. The current form of Pathommachedi is bell shape Sri Lanka styled brick stupa covered by golden brown colour tiles. The structure foundation of the stupa is timbers strapped by gigantic metal chain. There is a gilded niche which installed Buddha
Buddha
image at the eastern direction. The stupa surrounds by inner boundary wall. then 562 meters round cloister. The cloister has inner and outer open galleries. Inner open gallery has ancient Khmer language
Khmer language
inscriptions. Outer open gallery has collection of Buddha
Buddha
images. At four Cardinal directions of the cloister have a vihara. In front of each vihara has grand staircase leading to lower terrace. The stupa, viharas and round cloister complex surrounds by outer boundary wall. Between the cloister and outer boundary wall has 24 belfries. Northern Vihara[edit] Originally called Viharn Prasuth (วิหารประสูติ), built by Mongkut
Mongkut
in 1861. In 1900 after the construction of railway from Bangkok
Bangkok
to Nakhon Pathom and Nakhon Pathom
Nakhon Pathom
railway station in the north of Phra Pathommachedi, the Northern Vihara
Vihara
has become the main entrance to Phra Pathommachedi. Saovabha Phongsri
Saovabha Phongsri
built two levels grand staircase in front of the vihara as an entrance to the stupa complex in 1906. In 1913, Vajiravudh
Vajiravudh
appointed Narisara Nuwattiwong, a notable Thai architect and a prince, to redesign the vihara to install the 7.2 metres (24 ft) Phra Ruang Rojanarit Sri Indraditya Dhammobhas Mahavajiravudhraj Pujaneeya Bophitr (พระร่วงโรจนฤทธิ์ ศรีอินทราทิตย์ธรรโมภาส มหาวชิราวุธราชปูชนียบพิตร).[4] The beautiful new T-shaped vihara with apse liked portico in the front was completed in 1915 and has been called Viharn Phra Ruang (วิหารพระร่วง) after since. The wall behind the Buddha
Buddha
image is where the royal ashes of Vajiravudh
Vajiravudh
and his family have been kept. Inside the vihara is a baby Buddha
Buddha
statue as a principal image side by two female statues. Eastern Vihara[edit] Officially the main entrance of Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
complex. Eastern Vihara
Vihara
or Viharn Luang (Thai: วิหารหลวง) is a single storey reinforced concrete building with traditional Thai temple glazed tiles roof built by Mongkut
Mongkut
on 18 December 1861. Inside has two rooms, inner room and outer room. The inner room has mural paintings depicting the stories of restoration of Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
throughout the history and the gathering of heaven. The mural was paint during the reign of Vajiravudh
Vajiravudh
with interesting mix of Dvaravati
Dvaravati
and modern Thai styles. There is no wall on the side of Phra Pathommachaedi to allow worshipper to see the stupa. Directly opposite the vihara is a gilded niche attached to Phra Pathommachedi. Inside the niche is the copy image of Phra Phuttha Sihing from the Front Palace. The outer room housing the principal Buddha
Buddha
image of the Eastern Vihara, Phra Nirantarai (Thai: พระนิรันตราย), also built by Mongkut, behind the image has mural painting of sacred tree. In the front of vihara has a portico housing Phra Phuttha Maha Vajira Maravichai Buddha
Buddha
image (Thai: พระพุทธมหาวชิรมารวิชัย), built by crown prince Vajiralongkorn
Vajiralongkorn
in 1984 when he was a Bhikku. In 2001 on behalf of Sirikit, Vajiralongkorn
Vajiralongkorn
installed the Buddha
Buddha
image on the newly built pedestral. On the lower terrace in front of vihara has ordination hall, meditation hall and a platform erected specially for a king to mount an elephant or a palanquin. Southern Vihara[edit] Southern Vihara
Vihara
or Phra Panchawaki Vihara
Vihara
(Thai: วิหารปัญจวัคคีย์) is a single storey reinforced concrete building with traditional Thai temple glazed tiles roof built by Mongkut
Mongkut
on 18 December 1861. Inside has two rooms, inner room and outer room. The inner room has an image of Buddha
Buddha
with Mucalinda. The outer room housing the principal Buddha
Buddha
image of the Southern Vihara
Vihara
with statues of his first five disciples. The inner room has mural paintings depicting Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
throughout the history as well as Buddhist
Buddhist
sacred sites in India. On the lower terrace in front of Southern Vihara
Vihara
has a large Dvaravati
Dvaravati
stone buddha named Phra Phuttha Noraseth or Phra Sila Khao (Thai: พระพุทธนรเชษฐ์ หรือ พระศิลาขาว). Originally enshrined in the abandoned Na Phra Meru Temple, with unknown reason the image has been divided and kept in various places. In 1967 Department of Fine Arts successfully assembled all the fragments of the image and gave to the temple of Phra Pathommachedi. Western Vihara[edit] Western Vihara
Vihara
or Reclining Buddha
Buddha
Vihara
Vihara
or Viharn Phra Noan (Thai: วิหารพระนอน) is a two rooms single storey reinforced concrete building with traditional Thai temple glazed tiles roof built by Mongkut
Mongkut
on 18 December 1861. Inside housing 17 metres Reclining Buddha
Buddha
image. Before the redesign of Northern Vihara
Vihara
in 1913, the design of this vihara was different from other three viharas, as the building was built in T-shaped building and in parallel direction of the gallery because the original Western Vihara was built before the whole complex renovation by Mongkut. The original Reclining Buddha
Buddha
image was 8 metres and was the principal Buddha
Buddha
image of Phra Pathommachedi. Another room inside vihara is kept smaller Reclining Buddha
Buddha
image built by Mongkut, but the room is closing from public. On the lower terrace in front of vihara has many sacred trees that related to the story of Buddha
Buddha
as well as two Chinese stone dolls. Ordination Hall[edit] The current ordination hall or ubosoth hall (Thai: พระอุโบสถ), from the entrance, is located on the left in front of Northern Vihara
Vihara
on lower terrace, originally built by Mongkut
Mongkut
and rebuilt by Prajadhipok
Prajadhipok
with design of Narisara Nuvadtivongs in 1932. The ordination hall is a single storey reinforced concrete building with traditional Thai temple glazed tiles roof. The principal Buddha
Buddha
image is the ancient 3.75 metre large white stone craved sitting Buddha
Buddha
image on the lotus petals shaped pedestral. The image was built in Dvaravati
Dvaravati
period. Originally enshrined in the abandoned Na Phra Meru Temple, in the south of Phra Pathommachedi. In 1861 Mongkut
Mongkut
moved the Buddha
Buddha
image to be the principal image of the ordination hall. There are four marble Bai Sema attached into the hall, and at the entrance adorned by two stone Chinese lion statues. The front facade depicting Dharmacakra
Dharmacakra
and two sitting deers. Mediation Hall[edit] Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
Museum or Phra Pathomchedi Museum building (Thai: พระปฐมเจดีย์พิพิธภัณฑ์สถาน) is originally a mediation hall and is located opposite the ordination hall and from the entrance, is located on the right in front of Northern Vihara
Vihara
on lower terrace. Later the building has been renovated and used as temple museum. The ordination hall is a single storey reinforced concrete building with traditional Thai temple glazed tiles roof. The collection includes many old Buddha
Buddha
images and talipot fans. Wat
Wat
Phra Pathommachedi[edit] Wat
Wat
Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan (Thai: วัดพระปฐมเจดีย์ราชวรมหาวิหาร) or Wat
Wat
Phra Pathommachedi, is a large temple in the city center of Nakhon Pathom. The temple consists of Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
Stupa
Stupa
zone and the monastic zone. The monastic zone is located in the southwest of Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
Stupa
Stupa
zone separated by Khwaphra Road. Both zones are surrounding by wall to show boundaries. Wat
Wat
Phra Pathommachedi is the first rank royal temple of Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan, the highest category of Thai royal temple. Locals called the temple, Wat
Wat
Yai (Thai: วัดใหญ่), which means the big temple. Original names of the temple are Wat
Wat
Phra Pathom (Thai: วัดพระประธม) or Wat
Wat
Phra Banthom (Thai: วัดพระบรรทม) and Wat
Wat
Phra Phut Borommathat (Thai: วัดพระพุทธบรมธาตุ). The temple belongs to Maha Nikaya
Maha Nikaya
sect of Theravada
Theravada
Buddhist
Buddhist
monks in Thailand. The temple was found around the year 325 BCE before the construction of Phra Pathommachedi. Mongkut
Mongkut
revived the temple in 1853 as a part of Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
restoration plan. The total area of the temple is approximately 0.25 Square Kilometre. Originally the monastic area was located in the area of present-day lower terrace in front of Southern Vihara. Mongkut
Mongkut
built the new monastic area in front of Northern Vihara
Vihara
with 25 living buildings, a sermon hall and a dining hall. After built a railway station and the Northern Vihara became the main entrance, Chulalongkorn
Chulalongkorn
relocated the monastic area to the present location. List of Temple Abbot

Chao Athikarn Pan (Thai: เจ้าอธิการแป้น) (1857-1865) Phra Sanit Samanakhun (Kaew) (Thai: พระสนิทสมณคุณ (แก้ว)) (1865-1868) Phra Pathom Jetiyanurak (Thai: พระปฐมเจติยานุรักษ์ (กล่ำ)) (1868-1904) Phra Ratchamoli Sonoottalo (Thai: พระราชโมลี โสณุตตโร) (1909-1911) Phra Phuttharakkhita (Ploy) (Thai: พระพุทธรักขิต (พลอย)) (1911-1919) Phra Dhammawarodom Dhammuppachotiko (Thai: พระธรรมวโรดม ธมฺมปฺปโชติโก) (1919-1954) Phra Dhamsirichai Chitavipulo (Thai: พระธรรมสิริชัย ชิตวิปุโล) (1954-1984) Phra Ratsirichaimuni (Thai: พระราชสิริชัยมุนี) (1985-1993) Phra Dhampariyatwaythi (Suthep Putsadhammo) (Thai: พระธรรมปริยัติเวที (สุเทพ ผุสฺสธมฺโม) (1993- )

Wat
Wat
Phra Pathom Chedi School[edit] Established in 1866 by Chulalongkorn, as the first school in Nakhon Pathom inside the sermon hall of Wat
Wat
Phra Pathommachedi, a part of Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
complex. In 1922 two buildings had been built for school buildings by donation money from the Governor of Nakhon Chai Si, Phaya Mahindhara Dejanuwat. The school was officially named by Vajiravudh, Wat
Wat
Phra Pathom Chedi School (Mahidharasuksakarn). The school is now an elementary school under Office of the Basic Education Commission, but occasionally received supporting money from Wat
Wat
Phra Pathommachedi to develop facilities of the school. Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
National Museum[edit] Initiated in the reign of King Chulalongkorn
Chulalongkorn
by Damrong Rajanubhab, who planned to gather artefacts scattered across Nakhon Pathom, Phra Pathommachedi National Museum (Thai: พิพิธภัณฑ์สถานแห่งชาติพระปฐมเจดีย์) has developed over time. Its current exhibition presents the history of the province and consists of three sections. Zone 1 starts with an introduction to present-day Nakhon Pathom, including its geography, economy and demography. This is followed by its history. Visitors will see evidence of prehistoric dwellers found in the area, dating back 2,000-3,000 years. Zone 2 of the museum focuses on beliefs and religions through art mostly related to Buddhism
Buddhism
- the main faith of Dvaravati
Dvaravati
culture. Zone 3 showcases the history and development of Nakhon Pathom
Nakhon Pathom
during the Rattanakosin period. Objects on view include a model of Pathom Nakhon Palace, the residence of king Mongkut
Mongkut
during his visit to Nakhon Pathom, and Buddha
Buddha
images found at Phra Pathommachedi as well as a model of present-day Nakhon Pathom
Nakhon Pathom
town. The highlights are models of Phra Pathommachedi, whose shape has been altered several times since the Dvaravati
Dvaravati
period.[5] Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
in Literature[edit] Since Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
has become an important destination for pilgrimage, many poets wrote poetries about the stupa. One of the earliest is the work of Prince Wongsathiratsanit, Nirat Phra Pathom (Thai: นิราศพระประธม) in 1834 and the most famous one is Sunthorn Phu's Nirat Phra Pathom (Thai: นิราศพระประธม) in 1842. Annual Festival[edit] Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
Festival[edit] The annual Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
Festival (Thai: เทศกาลนมัสการองค์พระปฐมเจดีย์ ประจำปี) takes place from the evening of the full moon of the 12th month to the 4th day of the waning moon in the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar.[6] In the Gregorian calendar this usually falls in November. Since 1974 Wat
Wat
Phra Pathommachedi organized the festival in order to raise money to maintain the stupa and the temple. Normally the festival takes place for 5 days 5 nights or 9 days 9 nights, as decided by the festival committee. Phra Ruang Birthday Ceremony[edit] On 2 November of every year is considered birthday of Phra Ruang Rojanarit Buddha
Buddha
image, Wat
Wat
Phra Pathommachedi
Phra Pathommachedi
organize ceremony to celebrate the Buddha
Buddha
image. The ceremony attracts thousands of worshippers. The highlight of the ceremony is a lucky draw to find a person to be a representative of all worshippers to lit light in front of the Buddha
Buddha
image. Most of worshippers bring red painted boiled eggs and yellow flower garlands to worship the Buddha
Buddha
image. Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

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