Wat Phra Pathom Chedi : Buddha Images (2)


Eating from a bowl with rice pudding
Eating from a bowl of rice pudding
The left hand holds the bowl of rice pudding, while the right hand is in the tray. The rice is divided in 49 portions, to last for 7 weeks.

Floating the empty tray on the river
Floating the empty tray on the water.
After eating all of the 49 portions of rice, the Bodhisattva floats the tray on the river Neranjara. If the tray floats upstream without sinking, it is a sign that the Boddhisattva will attain enlightenment.


Bodhisattva receiving grass bundles
Receiving grass bundles.
In the evening after eating his meal of rice pudding, the Bodhisattva receives eight bundles of cut grass from Sotthiya, a Brahmin. With the grass he can sit comfortably under the Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya.


Bodhisattva meditating
Sitting in the yoga posture. Note the right leg on top of the left, the right hand on top of the left hand.
The Bodhisattva makes a vow and is determined not the leave the spot (where he is sitting on the grass) until he achieves enlightenment. The Boddhisattva determines to find the cause of suffering and its cessation.


Subduing Mara - Calling the Earth to Witness
Subduing Mara - Calling the Earth to Witness
[the most common representation of the Buddha in Thailand]
The left hand rests on the lap, the right hand points to the ground, slightly touching it.
Mara (representing evil) and his horde offer all kinds of earthly 'pleasures' such as riches, power, women. However, the Bodhisattva scorns it all, and continues to contemplate.


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