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   Phaya Tilokarat Shrine and Chedi

 

Thailand

A statue of —and a shrine devoted to— Phaya Tilokarat (fig.), the 11th King of the Lan Na Kingdom (1441-1487 AD), in front of a large chedi that contains his ashes. To indicate that he was a fervent Theravada Buddhist, he is here depicted holding a bai lahn manuscript (fig.).

 

Both the King's shrine and his stupa are located within the compound of Wat Chedi Jed Yod (fig.) in Chiang Mai, one of several temples this devoted  Buddhist monarch had built.

 

   Phaya Tilokarat Shrine and Chedi

 

   Phaya Tilokarat Shrine and Chedi

 

The chedi was built by Phaya Tilokarat's grandson and successor Phra Yod Chiang Rai, after the King's death in 1487, in order to house his ashes.

See also POSTAGE STAMPS (1) and (2), as well as TRAVEL PICTURE.

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