|RECLINING BUDDHAS OF AYUTTHAYA BICYCLE TRACK
|This bicycle tour has been designed to bring you to the most important reclining Buddha images of Ayutthaya in and around the city island. A reclining
Buddha is an image that represents the Enlightened lying down and is a major iconographic theme in Buddhist art. In Thailand, we have several
reclining Buddha postures such as the Dreaming Posture, the Making a Prophecy Posture, the Preaching His Final Sermon Posture, the Entering
Nirvana Posture, and the Cremation Posture, but the Attitude of Teaching Asurindarahu is the most common and seen in just about every Buddhist
temple in Thailand. Wat Tuek in Ayutthaya has a not very common reclining Buddha in the Entering Nirvana Posture.
We can call it the standard reclining posture. It represents the historical Buddha lying on his right side, left arm along the body, his head resting on his
right elbow, supporting his head with his hand, the eyes open. Legend has that the giant Asurindarahu wanted to see the Buddha, but was reluctant to
bow before him. The Buddha, while lying down, presented himself as much larger than the giant. He then showed him the realm of heaven with
heavenly figures all larger than the giant. After all this, Asurindarahu, the giant, was humbled and made his obeisance to the Buddha before leaving.
Humbled by the Buddha’s power, Asurindarahu became a follower.
Reclining Buddha images in Thailand are mostly very large because the manufacturing is easy and cheaper than the sitting, standing, or walking
images. Many of the reclining Buddhas bear the 108 auspicious symbols carved or painted on the soles of the feet.
There are many reclining Buddha images in Ayutthaya and called Phra Non from "non" - "to lie down".
Locations visited are: Wat Senasanaram, Wat Sam Wihan, Wat Phanom Yong, Wat Tuek, Wat Lokaya Sutha, Wat Thammikarat, Wat
Phutthaisawan, Wat Phra Non, and Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon.
There is an entry fee imposed by the monastery at Wat Thammikarat and Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon.