This is the chedi of Wat Lokayasutharam with its well preserved stucco.
The Main Chedi Of Wat Lokayasutharam (With Well Preserved Stucco) :
There is an interesting Lanna-style chedi northwest of the reclining Buddha image. This non-restored chedi is often buried in heavy vegetation, so it may be difficult to see. Nevertheless, it is one of the most amazing sights at this temple ruin. This chedi has an octagonal base, and it takes an almost prang-like shape. However, the stucco is very
well preserved. There are a large number of arched niches built around the relic chamber. Many of these niches still have standing Buddha images formed from stucco (including their heads). There are also several meditating Buddha images near the spire.
These are also fairly well preserved. This type of architectural is sometimes associated with the Hariphunchai Kingdom in Lamphun – implying that this monastery may have provided services to be people from the north.
Wat Lokayasutharam (Phra Bhuddhasaiyart) :
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 (Phra Bhuddhasaiyart) 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.
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