Wat Mahadhatu Yuwarajrangsarit Rajawaramahavihara | First Class Royal Temple | Presiding Buddha Image: Phra Sri Sanpetch
Wat Mahadhatu Yuwarajrangsarit or Wat Sa Lak, there is no identified the founder. From an assumption, this temple was founded in the Ayutthaya Kingdom. When Somdet Phra Bawornrajchao Maha Sura Singhanat (the younger brother of Phutthayotfa Chulalok King, the first monarch of the Chakri dynasty) found this temple, he restored and reconstructed buildings. After that, he established this temple as the first royal temple in the Rattanakosin Kingdom and asked for the name from Phutthayotfa Chulalok King namely "Niphphannaram Temple"
Then, Phutthayotfa Chulalok King compiled Tripitaka at Niphphannaram Temple and changed the name of the temples to “Phra Sri Sanphet Temple”. After that, he set the conference with Cardinals to provide the PhraPariyattidhamma education also the examination at this temple and this temple's name was changed again as “Prasri Ratana Mahadhat Worawihan Temple” according to the old fashion.
In 1803, Phutthayotfa Chulalok King liked to call this temple as “Wat Mahadhatu” (Mahadhatu Temple) because this name is the name of the main temple in every capital in Thailand so the Rattanakosin Kingdom are. Moreover, the stupa that contained the Buddha's relics in the Mondop and was the temple that the Supreme Patriarch stayed like Mahadhatu Temple in the Ayutthaya Kingdom so he gave the name of the temple as “Wat Mahadhatu”.
In Chulalongkorn King or King Rama V reign, when his son, Maha Vajirunhis, Crown Prince, passed away, Chulalongkorn King gave his son's asset to restore Mahadhatu Temple and added suffix as "Wat Mahadhatu Yuwarajrangsarit" for the honor of his son.
Phra Sri Sanpetch
Presiding Buddha Image
Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand.
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The Temple is Open Daily from 08.00 A.M. - 05.00 P.M.
Wat Mahadhatu Yuwarajrangsarit
“Patitanmai: Goodness is done when you share them with others”
May all the goodness
that I have done.
Pass on to all my beloved one.
friends and foes,
please share this merit
to your heart content.
To all the people
I have met in the past
and all my guardian angles,
this merit is also for you.