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Phra prajam wan (พระประจำวัน)

1. Thai. System of personal worship in Thailand, in which each day of the week corresponds to a certain representation of a Buddha image for each wan tua, i.e. the day on which one is born. Each image has a different pose (fig.) and mudra, and believers make offerings to the image of their birthday. Personal characteristics are derived from it (fig.). Wednesday has two images, one for daylight time and the other for after sunset, all other days have just one image. Sometimes an extra Buddha image in the bhumisparsa pose is added for those who don't know on which day they are born. The poses associated with the days of the week are: pahng tawaai naet for Sunday (fig.), pahng hahm samut for Monday (fig.), pahng saiyaat for Tuesday (fig.), pahng um baat for Wednesday by day (fig.) and pahng pah leh laai for Wednesday by night  (fig.), pahng samahti for Thursday (fig.), pahng ram peung for Friday (fig.) and pahng nahg prok for Saturday (fig.). Also Phra prajam wan geut. See also thep prajam wan, dao prajam wan, sat prajam wan and sih prajam wan.

 

 

2. Thai. System of worship in Hinduism, often in accordance with the navagraha or nine planets, in which a total of nine images of deities are lined up in a square, three in a row, each facing a certain direction (fig.). There are seven deities representing the days of the week and one image representing Ketu (fig.) and another Rahu (fig.). The images are arranged in a certain order, according to a specific plan, taking into account the different wind directions (fig.), and is called pang kahntang phra prajam wan (fig.).