Wat Lokayasutharam

This Wat is also called as the Temple of reclining Buddha. A simple, graceful huge image of Buddha; usually it is covered with a saffron cloth, but that particular day when we visited the image wasn’t covered. Behind there was the ruins of the vihara, the prang there still stands as a mute proof that it belongs to middle Ayuthaya period.



The image is made of brick and mortar and had just white paint all over. At some places the paint has washed off and looked discolored. The head rested on a lotus flower, feet overlapping left over the right, with equal toes. Observe the picture carefully to see the equalized toes which signify enlightenment and beauty. It is believed that before Buddha’s death, that is before he attained nirvana, he lied on his side, right hand supporting his head. His left hand resting over his body, this posture of Buddha’s nirvana is revered everywhere.



The image was restored in 1954 and again in 1989. It is out in the open exposed to sun and rain, year after year prone to continuous deterioration; it may require another restoration soon.

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46 Responses

  1. Anya says:

    Never seen a lying Buddha….
    Very special position 🙂

  2. Nessa says:

    You see the most fascinating places and thanks for sharing them with us.

    Nicholas

  3. Dina says:

    Tremendous!
    What a world you have!
    I never knew that about the toes. Very interesting.

  4. Ribbon says:

    It looks majestic.

    I like the image of buddha reclining as it's one of peace.

    best wishes
    Ribbon

  5. Catherine says:

    love that image of the reclining Buddha!!

  6. Another yet amazing sculpture from you Indrani. How cultures of each country can truly incite our appreciation and expand our insights for its own uniqueness and add to our well of knowledge. Like most countries, I know for a fact that yours has so much to offer to the world. Infact, yours is NOW (without doubt) shining!

    Keep up with the most intelligent and interesting contribution to the blogworld!

  7. Very interesting. Someday I hoped to be fortunate to travel to these places of historical interests.

  8. Samson says:

    I sure did learn a few things today… wonderful post Indrani

  9. Sylvia K says:

    I've never seen anything like this, Indrani! Love the reclining Buddha! You do find the most wonderful, beautiful, delightful things in your world to share with us! I always look forward to your posts and I'm never disappointed!

    Have a lovely week!

    Sylvia

  10. Love, love, love these photos and your info!

  11. Carver says:

    What an interesting place to show us. I'm so glad that they keep up the restoration.

  12. Rajesh says:

    Very lovely image of reclining Buddha.

  13. alicesg says:

    Very beautiful photo of the buddha. Am glad it was restored.

  14. magiceye says:

    that was so interesting. thank you for all the amazing information

  15. I wonder if they will continue to restore the place. The Buddha statue needs some touch ups.

  16. Wolynski says:

    That's a giant Buddha. Never knew Buddha liked to lie on his side. Great photos of a marvelous sculpture.

  17. LadyFi says:

    I love the reclining Buddha… there is something special about the fact that the figure isn't completely perfect…

  18. That'a a huge Buddha.. Where is this place..???

    Looking into the EYES!!! at Savoir-Faire
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  19. Truly magnificent post!

  20. George says:

    Thanks for sharing this fascinating site with us. I find historical sites like this to be very interesting.

  21. Marites says:

    is this in Ayutthaya, Thailand? I've seen some Buddhas there and it's quite interesting. I like this one too.

  22. Gattina says:

    Impressive and fascinating, that's all I can say !

  23. YOSEE says:

    Wow ! He's huge ! Missed seeing this one on my trip. They have a copy of this image in an amusement park in Cambodia.

  24. rocksea says:

    thanks for enlightening us with the details on the reclining buddha! glad to see the pictures 🙂

  25. Hazel says:

    I have yet to see the reclining buddha, Indrani 🙂 Yes, after all these years. Thanks for the motivation.

  26. Nice pictures and interesting story. Eventually it looks like it might turn into dust.

  27. This is so beautiful !! I would like to take a tour of this place someday !!

  28. Kamini says:

    What a majestic statue, and magnificent ruins! Thanks for sharing this.

  29. Lakshmi says:

    u bring back memories of 15 years..enjoyed reading yr thailand posts

  30. A national treasure that's hard to keep in perfect condition, being as it's out in the weather.

    I'm glad you have a person in the one photo to show just how huge this is!

  31. Maggie May says:

    Everything seems on such a huge scale. We are minute in comparison.
    Beautiful photos and full of good narrative.

    Nuts in May

  32. it's a national treasure, alright. Thanks for posting this image and info.

  33. radha says:

    Seen the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho, Bangkok – the gold plated one. But this one somehow looks better!

  34. Onkar says:

    The pictures are awesome.

  35. Maddy says:

    Sometimes you see the convergence of religions in all this – if you look at this and maha vishnu's ananthashayanam – they are identical poses!!

  36. When this statue was initially built?

  37. Around 15th century, Manish.

  38. GMG says:

    Hi Indrani! Lovely pictures, great post! Difficult to avoid the damages caused by sun and rain…

    Time to relax with a visit to a museum? Blogtrotter is at the British! Enjoy and have a great holiday season!

  39. Lucky that you were able to catch it uncovered. Awesome! I would have love to see it in person.

  40. So many wonderful places on earth. The image is just amazing!

  41. Yes! the protection of these structures is what required!

  42. chrome3d says:

    Totally new Buddha to me. I learned a lot of new things and it made me happy like Buddha must do to many people. Thanks!

  43. Wow a lying Buddha, I never though that there was a lying Buddha.

  44. The reclining posture reminds one of Sri Ranganatha of Srirangam or Sri Ananthapadmanabha of Thiruvanathapuram.
    Thanka a bunch

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