Tuesday, September 17, 2013

WAT NAK PROK - BANGKOK

I finally made it to Wat Nak Prok for the first time. I have friends there who are ordained as monks but on the day we visited, they were studying at their university. I went with another monk and an additional lay person to the temple, which I have not even covered on the main web site www.chimburi.com yet. 



A shrine next to the parking lot contains several statues of monks and various Buddha images. One of the statues is actually a Jatukam image. Remember the Jatukam craze a few years ago, when everyone wanted to buy those? It was almost as bad as the currently ongoing worship of Ganesha, the elephant god. My other lay friend wanted to tell me that this was actually the statue from which the temple got it's name, due to the Naga rising over the Jatukam's head and body. But of course I knew that the famous statue of Nak Prok is in the Vihara building, so we continued to walk. 




A small shrine also allows worshippers to pay respect to Kwan Yin, the goddess of mercy, just before we made it into the inner court yard of the temple. 


Several images, posters and photographs had been put up in the courtyard as part of an exhibition, showing images of famous monks including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. 

Unfortunately the Ubosot was under renovation, but I asked for permission to enter it. This way I was at least able to admire the old mural paintings on the walls of the Ubosot. The Buddha image was also un-covered again. Just the floor had not been finished, so walking in was not an option. 



The Vihara houses the famous Luang Pho Nak Prok Buddha statue. Both the Vihara and the Ubosot are not very big, so on Buddha day and other festival days this place will be packed with worshippers. We will have to go back on another day again to see that.  On our visit day it was rather quiet. 



Amulets of Luang Pho Nak Prok are being sold at the temple, which come in various sizes and colours, and of course with a different price tag. Even the small images have a steep price label on them. My friends who accompanied me as well as a monk-friend whom I met later that day, were quiet surprised about the high price for the amulet. 



But for a long overdue first visit, we were quiet happy to have been at Wat Nak Prok finally.