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Wat Phra Si San Phet, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Ayutthaya Page 12 Wat Phra Si San Phet, Thailand
Ayutthaya Page 12 Wat Phra Si San Phet, Thailand
Ayutthaya Page 12 Wat Phra Si San Phet, Thailand

One of the many Thai lady’s selling handmade items at the temple.

Wat Phra Si San Phet was a Royal Chapel and as such did not have a Sangavasa ( no monks dwelt there ). It was used for Royal Ceremonies and rituals including giving Alms to the monks from other Temples, and performing the Wian Tian Ceremony on Buddhist holy days, which entails circumnavigating the Viharn three times at night holding an offering of a candle, flowers and incense.

When Ayutthaya was sacked in 1767 the gold that covered the Buddha image and other decorations was taken by the invaders. During his reign King Rama 1 ( 1782 - 1809 ) of the Rattanakosin Period ordered the transfer of the inner core of Phra Buddha Chao Si San Phet from Ayutthaya to Wat Phra Chetuphon, Bangkok, and it had placed in a Chedi specially built for the purpose. Another Buddha image of importance called Phralokanat was also brought to this Wat at around the same time.

The remains of ceramic water pipes were found in grounds of Wat Phra Si San Phet, testimony to the architectural and cultural advances in the reign of King Narai the Great

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