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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Wat Chayamangkalaram(Reclining Buddha Temple) at Penang

 Today visit was my 2nd Buddhist Temple after the 1st one is taking place almost 6 years past in Chiang Mai (Wat Phrathat at Doi Suthep Mountain)..before i come here one of my friend has informed me that here i can see the 3rd Largest RECLINING Buddha in the World. Where i reached on 2.30pm(Apr 22)..no doubt its is among the Largest Reclining Buddha Statue i ever seen in my entire life!!!in fact, this reclining Buddha a 33 metre long draped in a gold-leaved saffron robe.

Wat Chayamangkalaram entrance!!!

Wat Chayamangkalaram is a Siamese temple which was officially given its site by Queen Victoria in 1845. It was presented by Mr. W.L. Butterworth of the East India Company of Penang on July 22, 1845.

Admission to the Wat Chayamangkalaram temple is Free

The Rules for the Visitors!!

visitors must take off their shoes. 

The reclining Buddha
This Thai architecture houses a 180-foot gold-plated statue of the reclining Buddha, Pra Buddhachaiya Mongkul - said to be one of the longest in the world. The reclining Buddha represents Pra Buddhachaiya Mongkul, the historical Buddha, at his death. This symbolizes complete peace and detachment from the world.
In the reclining position, Buddha lies on its right side with its head resting in the palm of its right hand to the North. He sleeps by turning His body to the right side and placing His left leg put over the right one. This position on the couch symbolizes the Mahaparinirvana (Enlighthenment or achieving Nirwana) of the Buddha which took place at Kushinagara (Uttar Pradesh, India). A peaceful half-smile gracing its serene face.

This cobra is guardian for Buddha when he was deserted & be imprisoned


Behind the statue are countless niches
 with urns containing ashes of devotees

wheel of Fortune!!

This gorgeous traditional Thai temple complex also consists of other smaller shrines of Buddhas and popular Thai deities. On the fantastically ornate temple grounds the visitors can see many beautifully carved and lavishly colored statues of Devas and other mythical creatures.
   The floor of the temple is laid with tiles of lotus patterns – a powerful symbol in Buddhism.

Behind the temple is a small Thai village and a Thai cemetery.


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