The Phra Phuttha Nirokhantrai Chaiwat Chaturathit is a Buddha statue housed inside a Mandapa, which is a traditional square shaped Thai shrine building with a roof with four gable ends, in the Southern Thai town of Phatthalung.
The Phra Phuttha Nirokhantrai Chaiwat Chaturathit is open to visitors from 08:00 to 17:00 every day and admission is free.
About the Phra Phuttha Shrine
The Phra Phuttha Nirokhantrai Chaiwat Chaturathit statue is a copy of a famous statue in Lampang in Northern Thailand. There is a tradition in Thailand for the King to place four Buddha statues at the four points of the compass to protect the Kingdom of Thailand. The Phra Phuttha Nirokhantrai Chaiwat Chaturathit statue in Lampang was copied three times by Royal Order and these three copies placed in different locations across Thailand on the 27th December 1968. As well as Phatthalung, statues were placed in Saraburi and Ratchaburi, which along with Lampang makes a total of 4.
The Phra Phuttha Nirokhantrai Chaiwat Chaturathit statues are all 124.46 cm wide. The copies have been cast in an alloy combining copper, brass and platinum and each weighs 1,400 kg. The original Phra Phuttha Nirokhantrai Chaiwat Chaturathit statue in Lampang has turned black over time, whilst the three copies are still a shiny golden colour.
The Phra Phuttha Nirokhantrai Chaiwat Chaturathit statue in Phatthalung is revered by local Thai people and is an important place of worship. There are a steady stream of people who visit the Mandapa shrine hall in Phatthalung. Many of the faithful leave offering particularly eggs outside the building. In Thailand’s belief structure, which combines Buddhism, Hinduism and indigenous folk beliefs, the egg signifies continuous success and the pig’s head (which was also left outside the shrine hall) signifies solidarity. These offerings relate to the wishes which the worshippers make when they visit the shrine.
Location of the Phra Phuttha Shrine
The Phra Phuttha Nirokhantrai Chaiwat Chaturathit is located 1.6 km walking distance from Phatthalung Railway Station.