Wat Pa Anut Taroh
Another forest wat in Nong Bua Lamphu province
Another surprise wat today. I was in a shop and noticed a poster on the wall with three abbots, two of whom I knew. When I (via Gaun) asked about the third we were given the directions to his wat, which luckily is close to Si Bun Ruang. I have driven down this road many times but the only reference to a temple is a small sign in Thai. A terrific discovery.
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Very unusual to find specialised parking for visitors and it gives you a clue as to the quality and money that’s been spent on this place behind the walls.
My guess at the spelling of the Thai name is Wat Pa (forest) Anu Taroh.
The inauguration stone showing that this temple is only five years old. Google Maps shows the temple from the satellite view but the street-view has an empty field.
This is the Google street-view. Things have moved on a bit since this photo was taken!
The ‘Pa’ in the name identifies this as a forest wat, which if you read my post yesterday, you’ll know are usually very well organised and maintained. This service area on the left as you walk in illustrates this disciplined approach.
Rabbits are lucky in Thailand so you will see both real and concrete versions pop up in temples. They have made a real effort on the landscaping here as you’ll see.
Ah. Gaun now wants one for the garden – well more than one I suspect as she always wants things to ‘have friend’. Concrete rabbits like Isaan people can’t be alone.
A tao (turtle) also lucky.
More work to happen on the ceiling maybe. The usual very simple Buddha hall, which you will find in most forest wats. Not a lot of timber used here but they have incorporated some.
When you watch the process of a new wat being built you’ll see nine concrete globes called ‘luk namit’ appear at some stage, which are left on display so that people can cover them in gold leaf.
They will eventually end up buried – eight of them outside at the points of the building and one inside in front of the main Buddha alter. Their location outside is marked by eight structures that look like this and are called a ‘sima’. I have never seen a sima surrounded by fake grass. This is a wat with an abbot who cares about presentation.
These are some luk namit’s at a local temple when it was being constructed.
Forest wats normally use a lot of timber in their structures but this one was pure concrete. This is the main Buddha hall.
But inside was something special. Spotless floors and an immaculate Buddha display up front behind glass. I have never seen that arrangement before. Also all these photos of monks. That is a first for me too. The floor was so clean that it shone giving some lovely reflections.
The glass in front of the statues was the same but not so good for photographers. I have been to temples that use glass for displays and you are usually peering around the dirt to see what’s inside. Not here.
The forest wat Buddha halls are almost always open to the surrounding trees. There is a much stronger connection to nature and their Buddhist practices than you find normally find in the red, white and gold village wats.
The abbot and his eight monks were sweeping but he stopped to sit down for a chat. He looked to be about twenty – super young for an abbot of a place this standard – but must be older. Very friendly. Notice how the reflections look like water pooling on the floor.
Another illustration of everything in its place.
Outside his monks were at work. They sweep twice a day, once at 4:00 am (the abbot said if they weren’t up to do their chores they didn’t get breakfast) and again at 2:00 pm, which was when we caught them. The paths were completely free of leaves.
You can tell if a wat has money by the quality of their water tanks! I can’t afford these ones The same number on the other side of this building.
Each monk have their own small accommodation scattered throughout the large grounds. This is the entrance to one of them.
A vast amount of newly laid concrete means that there is easy access to the entire area within the walls. It is rare to see this level of detail. Very expensive at this scale.
Another monk house. The path is for walking mediation. You will often see them in forest wats.
The most extensive sprinkler system I have seen in private use in Thailand. It is a huge area and the watering covered it all. I have painted all the watering system in our garden green and I should make a donation of paint here so they can do the same! We are in ‘winter’ here so the trees were pretty bare. Much better in a few months once the wet season starts.
Walking back past the Buddha hall and the monks had moved inside to mop the floor, which was already spotless. It’s not only the activity but the attitude of mind when doing the activity that makes this part of the discipline for them.
And here is the abbot doing his bit. I wish my stainless steel front gate was as well maintained. I presume they do this twice a day. The tattoos are Buddhist images and scripts. You will see them around quite often.
This must rate one the list for the best maintained and cleanest wat in Thailand. I so enjoyed not only the serene and peaceful environment but the orderliness and presentation. It was that which contributed as much to my visit as the buildings themselves. A real credit to the abbot and his monks.
You will find this wat HERE on Google Maps:
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