\u00a0\n\nThis important Buddhist temple in Phuket became far more important when a relic of Gautam Buddha \u2013 a bone fragment \u2013 was installed in the temple in 2009.\nOn the 80th birthday of Thailand\u2019s King, the government of Sri Lanka presented this relic to Thailand. It is kept safely in a glass enclosure in the tower of the building shown above.\nBut in addition to this religious significance, the temple architecture is also beautiful.\nThe stupas or the Chedi are covered in gold leaf!\nAnd the art almost always includes the unique Naga(serpent) and the Garuda (eagle) form.\n \u00a0 \u00a0 \n\nThai Buddhist temples are a delight for the eyes and if one is spiritual also a haven of peace. The large halls, the cool air within, the silence, the darkness create an atmosphere of refuge from the outside world in which one can sit and look inward and meditate.\nThe presence of such an important relic probably make this one of the most important Buddhist temples in the world. But I saw no security, no cameras, no protection against thieves. When asked about this, my guide told me that this relic would be valuable only to a Buddhist \u2013 and NO Buddhist would ever do commit a theft of such magnitude and hence there is no concern about the safety.\nFaith? Hope?\nIn the dark world we live in, her answer offered a glimpse of purity and goodness shining quietly in the distance.\n\u00a0\njm\nFeb 2015\n\u00a0\nThe post A Glimpse of Purity at Wat Chalong appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.