Thailand: WAT PHRATHAT DOI SUTHEP RAJVORAVIHARA

On Sunday 15/10/2017 I visited the temple of Doi Suthep situated in the mountains around 15 kilometres away from the city of Chiang Mai.

Weather has not been keen on that day and as soon as I got there it started raining. I did the whole staircase under the rain and once on top I have been walking barefoot (please remember you are not allowed to use footware in the temple) in 2 centimetres of water pretty much all the time.

The city in the views is obviously Chiang Mai.

The stairs that take you to the entrance of the temple have 306 steps and the Naga statues start at the bottom with the 7 heads of the deity and end at the top with the tail, following the whole staircase.

About te construction of the temple there are several legends, one is the legend of the white elephant.

Wikipedia says @  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Phra_That_Doi_Suthep

“According to legend, a monk named Sumanathera from the Sukhothai Kingdom had a dream. In this vision he was told to go to Pang Cha and look for a relic. Sumanathera ventured to Pang Cha and found a bone. Many claim it was Gautama Buddha’s shoulder bone. The relic displayed magical powers: it glowed, it was able to vanish, it could move and replicate itself. Sumanathera took the relic to King Dhammaraja, who ruled Sukhothai. The eager Dhammaraja made offerings and hosted a ceremony when Sumanathera arrived. However, the relic displayed no abnormal characteristics, and the king, doubtful of the relic’s authenticity, told Sumanathera to keep it.

King Nu Naone of Lan Na heard of the relic and bade the monk to bring it to him. In 1368, with Dharmmaraja’s permission, Sumanathera took the relic to what is now Lamphun, in northern Thailand. Once there, the relic broke into two pieces. The smaller piece was enshrined at a temple in Suandok. The other piece was placed by the king on the back of a white elephant which was released into the jungle. The elephant is said to have climbed up Doi Suthep, at that time called Doi Aoy Chang (Sugar Elephant Mountain), stopped, trumpeted three times, then dropped dead. This was interpreted as an omen. King Nu Naone immediately ordered the construction of a temple at the site.”

Here there are some of the picture I took that day:

 

 

 

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