Funeral services, which conclude this week, were planned even before the monk’s body was returned to the temple. Monks trimmed trees and prepared the grounds while Sujit Sukhkerd, the Nongbua sub-district chief, brought in landscaping equipment to prepare for the public ceremony.
People pay respects to Luang Poh Sakorn, the revered abbot of Nong Krab Bankhai Temple.
Following the funeral, his body will be kept on display for followers to pay respect for 100 days.
A well-known monk in the Eastern Seaboard, Manun was the leading disciple of Luang Pu Tim Issariko from Larnrai Temple. He was taught by several famed monks, including Luang Peng Sasano from Laharnyai Temple and Luang Pu Suk from Klong Makhaom Thao Temple.
The abbot had been ill for some time, entering the hospital the last time on Sept. 4.