Pattaya’s Yanasangwararam Temple again hosted the ashes and bones of the late Supreme Patriarch.
Somdet Phra Wannarat, the highest-ranking monk and chairman of the temple, conducted the April 6 ceremony that saw the ashes and bone remnants of Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Suvaddhana Mahathera placed in the temple’s marble pavilion.
His Holiness was cremated Dec. 30, 2015 at Debsirindrawas Temple in Bangkok. The majority of his remains are being housed permanently at Bowon Niwet Vihara Temple, also in the capital.
But some ash placed in urns was given temporarily to Yanasangwararam, which was built in 1976 to celebrate Somdet Phra Yanasangworn, the then-leader of the Thai Monastic Order, and Devasangaram Temple in Kanchanaburi, where Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara first entered the monkhood in 1927.
This year’s loan of the holy remains lasted until April 13.
Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara took over as Supreme Patriarch in 1989, after which time Yanasangwararam was rededicated to HM the King. His Holiness died in 2013 at age 100.
The weeklong observation also saw musical performances by the Luang Pradit Phairoh Foundation, evening chanting for the Chakri dynasty, tours guided by young children and sales of locally made goods and food.