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Discover Thailand at Petaling Jaya, Selangor with The Amazing Wat Chetawan


Dreams are reality when we visited Wat Chetawan yesterday. Besides Thean Hou temple, this should be another limelight for those who are looking for blessings. The architectural is magnificent, and very much alike the one I had visited in Myanmar and Bangkok, Thailand. Happy as said, one must land their foot here for once if you are looking for place of interest in Klang Valley. Weekend are usually busy with worshipers, but not too crowded. There are ample of parking space and area where you can mingle around. 





Offering of pineapple candle can be purchase beside Guan Yin statue, the size of pineapple denotes how long it could be lit up. It symbolised the enlightenment of the Buddha.



Not to be missed, photos taking!!





This area is similar concept of the one in Myanmar, we pray and pay respect to the Buddha statue according to the day of the week that we are born. From Monday to Sunday, there are a specific Buddha to pray with for blessings. So you should count from right to left, Sunday to Saturday. 




We found some interesting findings of these 7 Buddhas, and here sharing from https://www.phuket101.net/seven-buddha-postures/
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Sunday
“Seven Days Looking” – Pang Thawai Net

The Sunday Buddha image is standing with arms crossed in front of the waist with the right hand covering the left hand.

Buddha obtained enlightenment while sitting under a Bodhi tree (a large and very old Sacred Fig tree located in Bodh Gaya, about 100 km from Patna in the Indian state of Bihar). The image represents a time just after Buddha obtained enlightenment when, for gratitude, he stood and admired a bodhi tree for one week without blinking an eye.

·       If you were born this day: You are respectable, wise, loved by friends and family, likely to be in a professional occupation.


Monday
“Pacifying the Relatives” – Pang Ham Yati

The Monday Buddha image is standing with the right hand raised to shoulder height with the palm out, and the fingers extended (the Abhaya Mudra). This image represents Buddha pacifying the relatives.

When Buddha returned from heaven after three months, his relatives were arguing about the rights to water flowing through their land. Buddha persuaded them to compromise.

·       If you were born this day: You are serious with good memory and a love of travel, likely to be in a skilled occupation

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Tuesday
“Realizing Nirvana” – Pang Sai Yat

The Tuesday Buddha image is lying on his right side, head resting on his arm, toes even. While the Lord Buddha was staying at Savatthi, there was an arrogant evil named Asura Rahu.

He was so gigantic and didn’t pay respect to the Lord Buddha. So the Lord Buddha made himself bigger than the evil, in reclining position as to lower the pride of Asura Rahu. Seeing so, the evil succumbed and agreed to accept the teaching of the Lord Buddha.

·       If you were born this day: You are serious, brave and active most probably in the services


Wednesday
Pang Umbat

The Buddha image for Wednesday is standing and holding an alms bowl with both hands. It indicates the time Buddha returned to see his father after four years in his ministry.

In the early morning, monks make their alms rounds to collect food. Buddha did the same, and his father was appalled that Buddha was “begging” for food. Buddha calmed his father, informing him that the lineage of Buddhas was to perform ‘Pindabat’ to be available to followers who devotedly bring food.

·       If you were born on the morning of this day: You are polite, artistic and emotional, most likely working creatively.


Thursday
“The Meditating Buddha” – Pang Samti

The Thursday Buddha image is sitting in a full lotus position with soles upward and visible, the hands resting in the lap, right above left with all fingers extended, palms upward (the Dhyani Mudra). After receiving bundles of grass from Sotthiya, he scattered it and made it as seat under the Banyan tree.

He made a vow “Skin, sinew and bone may dry up as they will, my flesh and blood may dry in my body, but without attaining completed enlightenment, I will not leave this seat.” With his strong determination, he achieved enlightenment.

·       If you were born this day: You are peaceful, calm and honest, likely to be a teacher or in the legal profession


Friday
“Contemplating Buddha” – Pang Ram Pueng

The Friday Buddha image is standing with both arms crossed over the chest with the right hand covering the left. A short period after the enlightenment, while the Lord Buddha stayed under the Banyan tree, he stated that it was too difficult for ordinary people to understand dharma and bring it into practices. He was discouraged from teaching the dharma.

This Dharma that I have found is profound, hard to see, hard to understand; it is peaceful, sublime, beyond the sphere of mere reasoning, subtle, to be experienced by the wise. But this generation takes delight in attachment, is delighted by attachment, rejoices in attachment, and as such, it is hard for them to see this truth, namely…nirvana. However, with his great mercy and loving-kindness, he clearly understood that living creatures possessed different habits just like nature of a lotus.

·       If you were born this day: This person is fun-loving, friendly and ambitious, probably an entertainer or public figure


Saturday
“Protected by the Naga King” – Pang Nak Prok

The Saturday Buddha image is sitting in a full lotus position in meditation on the coiled body of the Naga Muchalinda that uses its head as a cover against rain.

This pose represents a time during the sixth week after Siddhartha’s Enlightenment when the Naga King protected the meditating Buddha against heavy rainfall by making a shelter with his multi-headed hood and lifted him above the floodwaters by coiling its body under him.

·       If you were born this day: You are calm, logical and a bit of a recluse, very likely engaged in manual work of a skilled nature

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There are joss sticks that you can offer to the Buddha, with a small donation that you can put into the box. 

Many are seen at the main hall, getting blessing from a monk who chant prayers. Along with it, some will put their amulets into a golden copper bowl in front of where the monk sat. (Didn't capture monk picture with due respect :) Below picture is from the main hall.



These line of buddha at the main hall is similar to the one in Bangkok. Some are seen putting in coins or notes.


Decor and architectural outside the mainhall.



Before exiting Main Hall, there is holy water prepared in a plastic bag near the front altar table. Its free to bring home.

One could come with shorts and mingle around outside the main hall. However, its advisable to wear below knee or cover up while you are in the main hall.

Let's see what are at the surroundings of the temple:

If you are heading to the washroom, there is a pond near just right at the opposite. Stones for reflexology too ;)




Flowers could be purchased at a shop in the temple to offer to the 4 faced buddha, just outside the main hall. We get this at RM5, for our guan yin at home.


Pretty decor as we go around the 4 faced Buddha statue.



The 4 faced Buddha.




Freeing birds is another activity that worshippers loved to do for good luck. One could buy the birds beside the entrance, free the birds near guan yin statue and returned the cage to the seller. 




Where Is This?


Wat Chetawan
No.24, Jalan Pantai 9/7, Seksyen 10, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Phone: 03-7955 2443

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