Thousands of Buddhist pilgrims visited Thailand's Nhakon Pathom temple last week to celebrate the Phra Pathom Chedi Fair.
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Background: Thousands of Buddhist pilgrims visited Thailand's Nhakon Pathom temple last week to celebrate the Phra Pathom Chedi Fair. At this Festival, devotees make donations for the upkeep of the temple which is the largest and oldest in Thailand.
Devout Buddhists either donate money directly, purchase flowers or materials for the maintenance of the temple. The golden pagoda stands three hundred and fifty feet high (107 metres). Construction of the present temple began in 1860. But the new building was constructed on the site of on older Indian temple built thirteen hundred years before.
Nhakon Pathom is a religious and military centre about thirty-seven miles (60 kms) west of the capital, Bangkok.
SYNOPSIS: Last week thousands of Buddhist pilgrims celebrated the Phra Pathom Fair at the Nhakon Pathom temple about thirty seven miles west of the capital, Bangkok. The pilgrims paid homage to the relics of Buddha housed in the temple and made donations for the upkeep of the building.
Rather than donate cash, some Buddhists prefer to buy materials to be used in the temple. These pieces of gold foil, to renew the veneer of the Buddha, were purchased at the temple. Other materials on sale included tiles for repairing the pagoda. Outside the temple, the pilgrims could purchase small Buddha images. The money from these enterprises also went towards the maintenance of the temple.
The Nhakon Pathom temple is the largest and oldest temple in Thailand. The present building was built in 1860 on top of a much older Indian temple. The original building is more than one-thousand four-hundred years old. Nhakon Pathom, a Thai regional capital, is a major religious and military centre.
The Phra Pathom Fair is not only a religious occasion. The entertainment aspects of the fair were an added attraction for the pilgrims.