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Wat Lokayasutharam :

The Wat Lokayasutharam which means “Temple of the Earth”, otherwise spelled Wat Lokayasutha, also known as Wat Phra Non which means “Temple of the Resting Buddha” is a Buddhist temple complex in the historical park Ayutthaya in central Thailand. The Wat Lokayasutharam is located in the northwest of the island of Ayutthaya, southwest of the “Old Palace” Wang Luang and west of Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, beyond the Khlong Tho. Directly north joins the Wat Worachet Tharam.

There are no indications in the chronicles of when this temple was founded. Style elements of the Buddha statue suggest a middle Ayutthaya period. The huge reclining Buddha statue is the main attraction of this temple. It is about 40 meters long and 8 meters high and consists of bricks and mortar. The statue is not as usual in east-west direction, but in north-south direction. The head lies on four lotus buds and is supported by the right hand.

Originally, the statue was probably in a viharn, of which, however, are only the foundations of 24 octagonal columns to see.

The statue was restored in 1954 by the Fine Arts Department, the funds donated by the Alcoholic Beverage Factory. In 1989, the statue was renovated by the family of former Prime Minister Thawal Thamrong Navaswadhi in his honor.

On the temple grounds, the foundations of a Ubosot can be seen, on each of whose four corners a chedi stood. Around the Ubosot a gallery (Phra Rabieng) was arranged, of which also only the foundations are to be divined. The Thai Fine Arts Department has found during excavations heads of Buddha statues made of sandstone, which are now in the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum.

Reclining Buddha statues of this size often do not represent the Buddha who enters into the Parinibbana, but they refer to a legend from the life of the Buddha.

Once when the Buddha was staying in an Ashram in Sravasti, the giant asked Asurindarahu for an audience with the Buddha. Since the giant was very proud of his size, he did not want to bow to the Buddha. So the Buddha manifested many times bigger than the giant. In addition, he shows the Imaginary the realm of Devata in one of the upper heavens, which were once again larger than the Buddha. Ashurindarahu humbly made his homage to the Buddha.

More photos of Wat Lokayasutharam here.

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