Phra Buddha Sothorn
GOLD PLATED SOTHORN BUDDHA
Phra Buddha Sothorn (Luang Phor Sothorn) is one of the most revered Buddha images in Thailand. The image is in the attitude of meditation, measuring 1.65 meters wide at the lap and 1.98 meters high. According to the legends, Phra Buddha Sothorn was the youngest of the three brothers: Luang Phor To, the oldest and Luang Phor Wat Ban Laem, the second. They were built by the Hindu priests. It was believed that the owners of these three images were three millionaires in the North. Over hundred years ago, a miracle happened when the three brothers or images escaped the blazing city of Ayutthaya by walking down to the Ping River, heading southward, where they were swept away. The eldest one floated down to the Gulf of Thailand and along the coast to Samut Songkram and has stayed there since then. The second one floated along Samrong Canal to Bangphli in Samutprakarn. After the group of people there paid respect and used sai sin, a long white thread, to pull him ashore, he remained there since then. The youngest, Phra Buddha Sothorn, swept down thru Bang Prakong River to Chachoengsao. After people built a shrine for him and used some white thread, they were able to pull him ashore. Phra Buddha Sothorn has been there since then, where it is currently called Wat Sothorn Wararam, originally called “Wat Hong”. Two annual fairs celebrating the image fall in the 5th and the 12th lunar months (around April and November). People throughout the country pay high respect to the statue due to the numerous miraculous events. At one times, it is believed that Phra Buddha Sothorn halted the deadly epidemic in Chachoengsao province after vows of appeasement were made to him. Thais believe that whatever good wishes people make to Phra Buddha Sothorn, he will grant and make the wish comes true.
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