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  Reua Phra Thihnang Ananta Nagaraat

 

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The Reua Phra Thihnang Ananta Nagaraat, one of the main Royal Barges, on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, for the final rehearsal for the Royal Barge Procession in support of the Royal Kathin Ceremony at Wat Arun (fig.) on 9 November 2012. It has a prow in the form of Ananta, the seven-headed serpent and king of the nagas, i.e. nagaraat (fig.). The figurehead is painted with gilded lacquer and ornamented with small mirrors, whilst the flanks of the outside hull are painted dark green. This barge measures 42.95 in length and at about two-thirds of its length towards the stern there is a small mondop-style ganya. During processions it is fitted with seven multi-layered umbrellas called chattra, i.e. four before the mondop-style shelter and three behind it.

See also POSTAGE STAMP (1), (2), (3), and PROCESSION LINE-UP.