Phra Buddha Kanchanaphisek (Golden Jubilee Buddha Image) is important, a precious treasure of the nation. In 1995, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej wished to make a personal merit to Phra Rachayanwisutthisophon (Phra Acharn Maha Bua Yanasampanno) of Wat Pa Baan Taad, Muang District, Udonthani. He’s a senior monk with austere practice, traveling on foot, having good reputation, respected by meditation monks in the path of Phra Acharn Mun Bhuridhatto; and the public, both at home and abroad. So, the king had a royal command to Dr. Chao Na Silawan, the councillor, to construct a large Buddha Image, using his personal fund. The Buddha Image was dedicated to Phra Rachayanwisutthisophon (Phra Acharn Maha Bua Yanasampanno). In addition, the king made a wish to recover from heart disease.
Since the following year (1996) was the 50th anniversary on the throne of His Majesty the King. Thus, he kindly named this Buddha Image as “Phra Buddha Kanchanaphisek” (Golden Jubilee Buddha Image), to celebrate the occasion. Details of construction are as follows.
Feature: Gesture : A Buddha Image in Samadhi gesture with arbor around it, Rattanakosin period art during the reign of the 9th king. Pang Samadhi (Samadhi gesture) means the most important path of Buddhism, i.e. Sila (Precepts), Samadhi (Meditation), Panya (Wisdom).
Lotus Top of the Head- "Ket Bua Tum" means lotus, to represent the word “Bua”; the name of “Phra Acharn Maha Bua Yanasampanno”, who poured gold to mould Phra Buddha Kanchanaphisek (Golden Jubilee Buddha Image) and built this monastery.
Large outer robe (unique style of meditation monks in the path of Phra Acharn Mun Bhurithatto). The 2-layer outer robe is the accurate style of outer robe allowed by the Lord Buddha and used by meditation monks until now.
Arbor around the image is called “Sum Ruan Kaeo”, meaning the peaceful forest surrounding the image. Garuda and Naga (Fabulous Serpent) are deities with supernatural power to protect Buddhism.
The image is made of pure gold almost the whole, with some mixture of other metals to make it solid.
Draughts-man: Acharn Chakkaphan Posayakrit
Moulding supervisor: Acharn Bunsong Nutchnombun, craftsman from the Fine Arts Department
Place & Date of the gold pouring ceremony: Suansaengtham, Buddhamonthon, Sai 3, Phasicharoen District, Bangkok, on 27th July 1996.
The Gold Pouring Ceremony: Phra Rachayanwisutthisophon (Luangta Maha Bua Yanasampanno) presided at the gold pouring ceremony. A great number of people offered their golden ornaments, totaling about 80 kilograms, to join in the construction.