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Khao Bampenboon Temple (Thailand): Ok Phansa & Tak Bat Devorohana (2016)
"Director Kampol Tansajja led staffers and nine elephants in giving alms to 140 monks from Khao Bampenboon Temple Dec. 6. Among the monks were navy sailors ordained temporarily for Father’s Day. Kampol said Thailand was fortunate to be under the reign of a great King for 70 years; one who shaped Thailand and its people with love and devotion with tireless missions mainly for the benefit of Thai people."
+ Elephants give alms to 140 monks for Father’s Day (2016):
'Tak Bat Devo, derived from the Sanskrit word “Devorohana,” is celebrated at the same time as Auk Phansa, the end of Buddhist Lent. Almost always centered around a temple on a hillside, monks who’ve been in their “rains retreat” for three months emerged in a procession of golden gowns down the hill depicting the path Buddha took down a “celestial stairway” made of silver, gold and crystal. According to ancient tales, Buddha returned to his home in Kapilavastu seven years after achieving Nirvana and becoming the “Enlightened One.” At the start of Lent that year, in remembrance of his mother, Buddha ascended to the heavens to deliver a sermon to his mother. There he resided for three months. On the first day of the waxing moon of the eleventh lunar month – Oct. 9 this year – Buddha returned to throngs of angels, disciples and followers who received him with offerings of food and other sacred items. Followers repeated his return in following years during a ceremony that has come to represent the Buddhist belief in reincarnation as much as its historical significance. A similar procession was carried out at Sattahip’s Khao Bampenboon Temple, where monks carried a statue of Lord Buddha down the mountain on a flower-covered walkway where people could worship... Hundreds of monks received food from the locals who set up tables for food in anticipation of the monks. They presented rice, dried food and fruit to make merit and bring about prosperity for their families.'
+ Prayers and merit making mark end of Buddhist Lent (2016):
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