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History of Phra Sri Rattana Triyanphob (Luang Pho To)

Phra Sri Rattana Triyanphob, also known as Reverend Father To, is a reclining Buddha image. It was constructed in 1955 by Phra Ajarn Plien, who used straw to create the Buddha image as a representation of the Lord Buddha. This sacred image serves as a place of worship, holding the hearts of the residents of Khao Ban Map Yai Lia and the surrounding areas. Initially enshrined beneath a mango tree, it was later moved to the abbot's quarters and a pavilion.

In 1961, Phra Chamnong Kongpanyo, the abbot at the time, received a royal charter and the title "Phra Khru Wichit Thammasarn." He became the leader of Bang Lamung District and initiated the construction of a temple. The purpose was to enshrine Luang Por To in the temple, ensuring proper reverence and providing a place of worship for the villagers. An annual event, the Luang Pho To Gold Casting, takes place from March 1st to 7th every year. This event allows Buddhists to come and pay their respects.

Holiness and Supernatural Phenomena

Regarding the Phenomenon of "Not Burning"

When the straw-formed Luang Por To was in need of repair, there were suggestions to burn it and create a new image. However, attempts to burn it were unsuccessful, leading to increased veneration among Buddhists. The community members faced various difficulties, but by praying to Luang Por To, they often found their wishes fulfilled, solidifying their reverence for the image. This led to offerings being made by the residents of Mabyai Lia and neighboring communities, often consisting of Likay performances, bananas, boiled eggs, garlands, and gold leaf.

Supernatural Tale

The Story of "My Wife is a Chicken"

During the period when Luang Pho Toh was still in the process of being repaired, and its form was not complete, a mother hen nested near the image. At one point, a Likay group arrived for their annual performance and made a jest about Reverend Father To, saying "Having a wife that's a chicken." Almost immediately after uttering these words, the speaker experienced a sudden collapse and agony. A ceremony seeking forgiveness was conducted, resulting in a complete recovery. This incident further propagated the image's reputation for holiness and garnered respect among Buddhists in general.

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