The sea of people in black continued to gather at Wat Bowon Niwet Vihara to express their gratitude to His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch, whose body was there for royal rite ceremonies.
Mourners pay their respects as the Supreme Patriarch's body lies inside Tamnak Petch at Wat Bowon Niwet Vihara on Saturday. (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)
Thousands of mourners lined up for 500 metres to pay their respects and attend chanting ceremonies that are taking place daily from 9-11am and 1pm to 9pm until next Wednesday.
At the temple in Bang Lamphu, visitors are also allowed to go inside Tamnak Petch in the compound where the body of the late Supreme Patriarch is lying. The building was his residence.
Wat Bowon officials have assured all mourners that the colmplex is prepared to accommodate the needs of everyone who wants to attend the ceremonies.
People queue for a picture of the late Supreme Patriarch in royal rite ceremonies at Wat Bowon Niwet Vihara. (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is presiding over the ceremonies for the first seven days. The crown prince and Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn represented His Majesty the King in the royal bathing ceremony on Friday.
A similar atmosphere of reverence and reflection was evident in other provinces around the country where main temples are arranging ceremonies for Buddhists and admirers of His Holiness to pay their respects before his portrait.
Thailand Post reported that stamps, bracelets and coins issued in conjunction with the Supreme Patriarch's 100th birthday, which took place earlier this year, were selling rapidly at post offices across the country after Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Suvaddhana Mahathera died on Thursday.
"This is a great loss for the Buddhist religion," Napatchwipa Maneeratchakij, a 23-year-old student at Buri Ram Rajabhat University, said at the post office in Muang district.
"I came here to buy a set of stamps and a bracelet in memory of him and to show my respects to him. The late Supreme Patriarch has showed me the example of how to live my life."
Born on Oct 3, 1913 in Kanchanaburi, the Supreme Patriarch died of a blood infection at Chulalongkorn Hospital. His body was transferred to the temple on Friday.
The country is in an official mourning period for His Holiness for 30 days until Nov 23. All officials are encouraged to fly the national flag at half mast for three days to observe the loss.
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