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Temple consecration

An inauguration ceremony called "FANG LUUK NIMIT" (ฝังลูกนิมิต) is done to consecrate a temple. Some sacred marker spheres "LUUK NIMIT" (ลูกนิมิต) need to be buried in the temple compound.

The "SIMA" around the temple compound are called big boundary stones ("SIMA JAI" - สีมาใหญ่). The "SIMA" around the "UBOSOT" are called small boundary stones ("SIMA LEK" - สีมาเล็ก).
boundary stone
boundary stone

The main Buddhist religious ceremonies (daily prayers, ordination of new monks) are held in the main shrine hall called "UBOSOT" (อุโบสถ). The consecration of an "UBOSOT" involves burying nine boundary stones. Then there is a custom of placing boundary stones ("SIMA" - สีมา) over the spheres.

main shrine hall
Before the inauguration ceremony, a feast happens in the temple and lasts one week. Many white threads adorn the "UBOSOT".
Main shrine hall

When a Buddhist ceremony happens in a Thai temple all the monks must be in the area limited by the boundary stones. That's why for big temples with many monks, the boundary stones are around the "UBOSOT" (visitor monks don't have to participate to ceremonies) and for smaller temples the bounding stones are around the temple compound.

Some Thai ladies clean and prepare the compound around the "UBOSOT". The mass ordination will happen there on the first day of the temple consecration.
Main shrine hall
Main shrine hall
Inside the main shrine hall
As the temple consecration is a ceremony for a new opening of the "UBOSOT", the main Buddha statue is covered by a white cloth. It simulates that it is a new Buddha statue also. The white cloth will be removed at the end of the celebrations. All the white threads are starting from the main Buddha image.
Inside the main shrine hall
A "LUUK NIMIT" (ลูกนิมิต) or sacred marker sphere is waiting to be buried at the inauguration ceremony.
sacred marker sphere
Sacred marker sphere

Nine stone spheres demarcate the sacred space around the "UBOSOT": one at the centre, four at the corners and four at the cardinal points. When the building of the ceremonial hall is completed, the balls are hung above the holes in which they will be buried.

Billboard
This billboard display includes the place, date and the program timetable. First day is "BUAT CHEE PHRAM" (บวชชีพราหมณ์), a huge ordination ceremony during one night.
Billboard

Other days include free "MOLAM" orchestra performances, Thai boxing, outdoor cinema.

Huge billboards are displayed in the area to advertise the forthcoming temple consecration. It includes the place, date and the program timetable.
billboard
Billboard
billboard
This billboard display includes the place, date and the program timetable. First day is "BUAT CHEE PHRAM" (บวชชีพราหมณ์), a huge ordination ceremony during one night. Some temples just organize this religious ceremony and no orchestra performances.
Billboard
A car procession is getting through the town centre to advertise the forthcoming temple consecration through big speakers and music. Some cars carry Buddha statues. People can give donations to support the temple consecration.
car procession
car procession
car procession
With such huge speakers and loud "MOLAM" music, all the city is aware of the forthcoming temple consecration.
Car procession


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