I’m always on the lookout for unusual or rare Buddha images. I saw this one posted today on the Facebook page of Aungkana Pumpaka. She didn’t give much information other than to say it was taken at Wat Tha Mai in Samut Sakhon (วัดท่าไม้ จ.สมุทรสาคร). Click here to see what I think is the location of the temple on a map. I have made a note to visit the next time I am in that area and will confirm this for you. From the picture, it looks like the Buddha is holding his hands up to his ears. What is also unusual is the way he is crossing his legs.
Let me know in the comments if you know of any other unusual Buddha images in Thailand.
I have seen some strange Buddha images in my time. Everything from a Buddha where you can go inside to see the heart to one with eleven toes. At first glance this is another one of those strange ones. It looks very much like the birth of a Buddha or maybe an Inner Buddha. In reality, it is a small Buddha that had decayed over the years and the Abbott had decided to build a bigger one around it. Then the other day the frontal section of the Buddha cracked revealing the smaller Buddha inside. I am not sure if they will keep it like this. I hope they will. If you are anywhere near Wat Ban Kaeng Tai in Tron district of Uttaradit, then go and take a look and let me know.
Wat Lokayasutha is situated in the West of Ayutthaya. There is no historical record of its background. The temple buildings are aligned along an east/west axis. There are three wihans lined up in front of the main stupa. At the back of the stupa there is the Ubosot and Viharn of the Reclining Buddha.
The Reclining Buddha of Wat Lokayasutha is decorated in regal attire. His head is at the north end and his face is turned to face east. In 1954, the Reclining Buddha was restored by coating the whole sculpture and changing the Buddha’s head to a regal attire style.