Phra Buddha Theva Patimakorn
The Principle Buddha Image in the Main Chapel
Previously, Phra Buddha Theva Patimakorn was the Principle Buddha image of Wat SalA Si Na or Wat Khuhasawan. After the main chapel of Wat Phra Chetuphon was completed, King Rama I ordered to take the Buddha image to enshrine in the main chapel and renamed as Phra Buddha Theva Patimakorn.
During the reign of king Rama III. the main chapel was enlarged and the pedestal of the Buddha image was rebuilr. Besides,King Rama III ordered to cast 2 new statues of Phra Arahanta of which formerly there were 8 statutes in the main chapel.
After King Ramma IV's accession to the throne, he had the Royal Preccession in 1851 A.D. He visited Wat Phra Chetuphon and paid respect with offerings to Phra Buddha Theva Patimakorn for the first time.
Since then, it has been the royal tradition of the monarch to pay respect to Phra Buddha Theva Patimakorn on the Royal Procession. Later, King Rama IV order to keep the ashes of King Rama I in the pedestal of Phra Buddha Theva Patimakorn. Hence, Wat Phra Chetuphon became the monastery of King Rama I.
Art Style of Phra Buddha Theva Patimakorn The Buddha image is in a sitting position with legs crossed appears in the attitude of Meditation. The hands are folded on the lap with the palm of the right hand facing upwards. The face is round with a little square chin, thik arched eyebrows, eyes gazing downwards, long ears, thick lips, curly hair and a flame shaped aureole. The robe is draped over the left shoulder and the large shawl is extended to the navel appearing the art style of Ayutthaya