Buddha images represent moments in the Buddha’s life. Thai people sometimes pay respect to particular Buddha images that match their days of birth. To check your day of birth, please click hereCalendar Conversion.
Sunday Birthday Buddha (In Pensive Thought) The enlightened Buddha stands with hands crossed over his abdomen (right hand over the left). The Buddha contemplates his achievement of complete knowledge under the Bodhi tree. After enlightenment, the Buddha stood still for seven days under the Bodhi Tree to contemplate the suffering of all living things. He was tempted to enter Nirvana at once (By Mara), but he wants others to know the true doctrine, and resolves to communicate his doctrine to others.
Monday Birthday Buddha (Preventing Calamities) The Buddha stops the relatives from fighting or pacifying his relatives. When the Buddha came back from Heaven, he found that his relatives were quarreling about the right to use water from a river for their rice fields. The Buddha encouraged them to compromise and said that human life is much more valuable than water and it was not worth killing men for water. Then, his relatives stopped fighting.
Tuesday Birthday Buddha (Reclining Buddha)
The reclining Buddha represents the passage to Nirvana or a resting Buddha. The gesture represents complete peace and detachment from the world. It was believed that the Buddha entered Nirvana on this day of the week.
Wednesday Birthday Buddha (Holding an Alms Bowl) The Buddha holds an alms bowl. The Buddha visited his family after four years in the monastery. His father was not content when he saw the Buddha “begged” for food holding an alms bowl. Buddha explained to his father that performing pindabat, or holding an alms bow are the lineage of Buddha. Thus, the disciples can devote their food. The virtue of giving amongst Buddhists is strong until today.
Thursday Birthday Buddha (Meditating)
The Buddha is in meditation. This is the perfect mental discipline. The gesture is the ultimate balance of tranquility and thoughts. It is believed that the body in the position is receptive to power or energy to enter the body from the top of the head and the opening palms.
Friday Birthday Buddha (In Reflection)
The Buddha is in contemplation of how he can teach the Dharma to others. The posture represents a complete spiritual transformation.
Saturday Birthday Buddha (Protected by Mucalinda’s Cobra Hood) The Buddha is in meditation and protected from a storm by Mucalinda, the King of the Naga. The image is related to the moment when a naga spreaded its hood to protect the Buddha from a rainstorm while he was in profound meditation.