Friday, 19 January 2018

Paying Respects At Wat Nikrodharam

In addition to coming to pray at the main temple, one of the busier activities at Wat Nikrodharam is honoring loved ones who have died. There's a mausoleum with a large area of tables out front. Pay your respects inside, bring a big feast as an offering and have a little ceremony.

The mausoleum.

Most people have pictures on their space. It's a fast ID to place the age of the person who died and when. A lot of young people are included. On the left, a young woman in her vintage '60's finest look. On the right, tragedy, a child. The juice box offering makes it even sadder.

Prayers at the front of the mausoleum.

The place is busy. Families gather, put out a big spread and pray.

Some of the mausoleum spaces are see-through, showing an urn and other cherished items.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Seeing The Shrines At Wat Nikrodharam

The main temple is impressive, all done up in regal paint, a big Buddha to stare down on you. For something more intimate and arguably more impressive, head around back to a small room crammed with icons. Many months after seeing the place, you may "wax" nostalgic.

The shrine, looking a little like the setup for a team picture.

The monks are are done in wax, so well executed, Madame Tussauds would be jealous. Reclining Buddha, practically a requirement for any legitimate temple.

Dalai Lama?

Give some props to the ladies. There's also a big case nearby, full of little religious trinkets to purchase. In the upper right corner, wood phallus icons. We've seen that theme before.

Last look at a wax buddhist monk, super impressive.