Mar 11, 2011

The Footprints of four Buddhas

See the location on Wat Phra Phutabat Si Roy Google Map

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Up in the mountains: Stairs up

Wat Phra Phutabat Si Roy วัดพระพุทธบาทสี่รอย : A long winding way through the hills leads up to this sanctuary in the mountains: By a long stairway you reach a viharn giving shelter to four Buddha footprints. The legend says, that Lord Buddha Kakusantha (also Gooksantha) left the first 6 meters long footprint on the stone called Silaprade, he was followed by Lord Buddha Konakamanomana (also Gonakomna, 4.5 meters long), Lord Buddha Kasapah (Gassapa, 3.5 meters) and Lord Buddha Kotama (Gotama, 2 meters). The last of them made the prediction, that the next Buddha, named Buddha Pra Sri Ariya Mettrai, would come here, erase the previous footprints and put his footprint in place.

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The Viharn with the four Buddha footprints

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In 1928 Princess Dara Rasmi, the consort of King Chulalongkorn, built the wiharn over the footprint. Later Pra Kruba Sriwichai renovated the place. Again in 1993 Pra Kruba Pornchai, who led a group of monks and novices, renovated the temple.

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The four footprints. See also picture by Empty Hands

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The ordination hall

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Nearby you find a meditation center. Read more by Brooke.

The recently built ordination hall, where there are portraits of the past and the current kings and famous Thai monks, has four entrances.

See a video by thaitravelguide on youtube

How to arrive: Turn left from highway 107 on the Saluang entrance. The way to the temple takes about 32 kilometers.

Read more about Mae Rim:
The Palace of Princess Dara Rasamee
Hotels and Resorts in Mae Rim แม่ริม: Holidays next to the ricefields and in the hills

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As the title mentioned the footprints of four Buddhas which may include Shakyamuni Buddha, Amitabha Buddha of Pure Land Buddhism, I was hoping to see more images on these footprints.