Wat Phra Kaew which is also referred to as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is recognized as Thailand’s most important and significant temple. Located at the Grand Palace, this magnificent temple has the official name of Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram and is visited by countless devotees from all over the world.
The temple’s main building houses the beautiful Emerald Buddha which is indeed the highlight of the site. This wonderful statue is believed to be of Indian origin, five centuries following the attainment of Nirvana by Lord Buddha. The statue was brought to Bangkok and enshrined here in the year 1782, during the rule of King Rama the First (1782–1809). Carved a posture of meditation, this statue is of a height of 66 centimetres. While the King is the only mortal allowed to come into contact with this creation, it has earned the reverence and homage of many a million devotees across centuries. The traditional Thai ritual sees the King changing his cloak around the statue thrice a year, reflecting the seasons of summer, winter as well as the rains. This ritual is carried out with the hope of bringing good fortune and luck upon the land and the people throughout all seasons and days of the year.
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