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The sixth Royal procession takes the Royal Ashes to Wat Rajabopidh and Wat Bavoranives

Kingdom Grieves October 29, 2017 01:00

By Marisa Chimprabha
The Nation

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The final day of the Royal Cremation ceremony for HM the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej



October 29, 2016.
7.30pm : King Maha Vajiralongkorn leaves Wat Bavoranives in a motorcade, wrapping up the Royal Cremation ceremony for King Bhumibol.
7.18pm: King Maha Vajiralongkorn places the Royal Urn containing the Royal Ashes of the late king beneath the revered Phra Buddha Chinnasi, a statue believed sculpted around 1357, near those of King Rama VI.
7.15pm: The merit-making ceremony finishes.
7pm : The Royal motorcade of the King and Princess Sirindhorn arrives at Wat Bavoranives and the King brought the Royal Urn containing his father's ashes into the Ubosot. The King then presides over a merit-making ceremony.

6.30pm : The King brings another Royal Urn to Wat Bavoranives in a Royal motorcade.

Wat Bovoranives, is where King Bhumibol was ordained into a monkhood in 1956. The Phra Ubosot houses the revered Phra Buddha Chinnasi, a statue believed sculpted around 1357, and Royal Ashes would be enshrined at its base, near those of King Rama VI.

6.18pm : The King takes one of the Royal Urns and places it the base of the Phra Buddha Ankhirot, the temple’s main Buddha statue, situated in the Phra Ubosot (ordination hall). Also beneath the statue are the remains of Kings Chulalongkorn and Prajadhipok (Rama VII) and the latter’s consort, Queen Rambhai Barni.

6.15pm : The merit-making ceremony ends.
5.55pm : The King and Princess Sirindhorn arrive at Wat Rajabopidh and brought the Royal Urns containing Royal Ashes to Ubosot. The Supreme Patriach and other monks perform a merit-making ceremony that were attended by the King and Princess Sirindhorn.

5.50pm : Princess Sirivannavari, grand daughter of the late King and daughter of King Rama X, leads the 77-horse cavalry troop in the sixth procession. The King and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn brought the two Royal Urns containing Royal Ashes in a Royal car that followed the calvalry troops. The Urns will be enshirned in Wat Rajabopidh and Wat Bavoranives.

5.45pm : The sixth Royal procession of honour for the late King starts. The Royal Ashes are transferred from Phra Sri Rattana Chedi in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to be enshrined at two temples – Wat Rajabopidh and Wat Bovoranives.

2.20pm : The fifth procession reaches Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall. The Royal Reliquary Urns is brought to the Throne Hall's Heavenly Abode, alongside the Royal Relics of the former Kings of the Chakri Dynasty.

2.15pm : The King and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn as well as other Royal family members join the fifth procession of Honour which features the Rajendrayan or the Royal Palanquin with Four Poles carrying the Royal Reliquary Urns to the nearby Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall.

The late monarch's Royal Relics will be kept in the Throne Hall's Heavenly Abode, alongside the Royal Relics of the former Kings of the Chakri Dynasty.

The procession covers 63 metres and spends only about 10 minutes. It is the shortest of the sixth processions featured in the Royal Cremation ceremonies of the late King.

2.05pm: The Royal Reliquary Urn is transferred to the Royal Palanquin with Four Poles or the Rajendrayan.

The Royal Palanquin with Four Poles, or Rajendrayan (Palanquin with Busabok Throne), is made of carved and gilded wood, and carried on four poles by 56 strong men. The palanquin is 4.23 meters high, 5.48 meters long, and 1.03 meters wide.

The royal palanquin is used by the monarch in a grand procession known as the four-line procession, such as when the king proceeds from the royal residence in the Grand Palace to pay homage to the Emerald Buddha in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha on the occasion of the Royal Coronation Ceremony. It is also used to transfer the royal Reliquary urn containing the royal relics of the king, the queen, or members of the royal family from the Royal Crematorium at Sanam Luang into the Grand Palace.

1.47pm : The fifth Royal procession of honour for the late monarch is about to begin.

10.45am : The King then presides over a royal merit-making ceremony for the Royal Relics of his father, His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Place.

10.42am : HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn arrives at Dusit Maha Prasad Throne Hall.

October 28, 2016.

5.30pm : His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn presides over a royal merit-making ceremony for the Royal Relics of his father, His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Place.

The King was accompanied by Royal Family members including his daughters HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha and HRH Sirivannavari Nariratana, as well as his sisters; HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, and Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya.

The King paying respects to the Royal Relics of the Chakri Dynasty’s late monarchs and royal family members, and lastly to the Royal Relics of King Rama IX. Then the King paid respect to the statue of the Buddhas in front of the late King’s Royal Relics.

Before praying for the late monarch, the King presented royal fans made especially for this event to the Supreme Patriarch, His Holiness Ariyavongsagatanana, and to 30 other venerable monks from royal temples throughout the country.

Somdej Bhuddhajarn, the abbot of Trimitr Temple, gave a sermon.

Then, led by the Supreme Patriarch, the 30 monks chanted a prayer.

 

October 27, 2016.

12.10pm : The King leaves the Grand Palace after the fourth procession arrived there. The Royal Cremation ceremony for Friday ends.

11.15am : The fourth procession will cover 1,074 metres and spend about 30 minutes.

11am : His Majesty the King, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn join the Friday Royal procession of honour that will bring the Royal Reliquary Urn containing the Royal Relics to Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall, while the Royal Ashes in the cone-shaped container is transferred to Phra Sri Rattana Chedi in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. 

10.55am : The fourth Royal procession of honour commences.

10.43am : The fourth Royal procession of honour to bring the Royal Relics and the Royal Ashes to the Grand Palace is about to start.

10.40am : The merit-making ceremony ends and the monks leave the pavilion.

10.25am: The merit-making ceremony continues. TV pool covering the ceremony airs photos of hundreds of Thai people who are at the nearby areas listen to the monks' blessings.

9.30am : The King presides over a merit-making ceremony for the Royal Relics and Ashes which includes giving alms to senior monks.

8am : His Majesty the King arrives at Sanam Luang ceremonial group to collect Royal relics and Royal ashes of his father, HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej, was cremated on Thursday night. The Royal relics and Royal ashes are put into six decorative Royal Urns. They will be given to HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, HRH Princess Chulabhorn Valayalaksana and Princess Ubolratana.
Officials then move the Royal Urns to the main Royal pavilion at the ceremonial ground.

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Ocotber 26, 2017.

10pm : Live broadcast of the actual Royal cremation that is scheduled to start at 10pm is cancelled.

7.30pm : HM the King leaves the ceremonial ground after the symbolic Royal cremation ends.

6.50pm: Royal dignitaries and foreign guests leave the main Pavilion and go to the Royal Crematorium to pay the last respect to the late Thai King.

6.45pm: Princess Sirindhorn leads Royal family members to lay sandal wood flowers at the Royal Crematorium. 

6.34pm : The King goes to the Royal Crematorium to pay respect before the Royal Urn of his father, King Bhumibol.

5.46pm : The Supreme Patriarch finishes his sermons. Senior monks at the ceremony began chanting.

5.20pm :  The Supreme Patriarch gives a sermon during a religious rite at the main Royal Pavilion as part of the Royal Cremation ceremony for the late monarch. during a

5.18pm : His Majesty the King arrives the main Pavillian in front of the Royal Crematorium to start the ceremony. Accompanied him were Princess Sirindhorn, HRH Princess Chulabhorn and other Royal family members.

5.15pm :  Royal and foreign guests attend the Royal Crematorium at Sanam Luang ceremonial group and wait for the ceremony to begin.

2.48pm : The Royal Urn is now placed in the Royal Crematorium. The King, Princess Sirindhorn and other Royal family members leave the pavilion and walk up to the Crematorium. They then prostrate before the Royal Urn.

2.15am : Officials move the Royal Urn to the Royal Crematorium.

1.57am : The carrying of the Royal Urn around the Royal Crematorium counter-clockwise for three times finishes. The Royal Urn will be transferred to the Royal Crematorium. 

1.35am :The Royal Gun-carriage will be carried around the Royal Crematorium counter-clockwise for three times and the Royal Urn is placed inside the Royal Crematorium. Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot is pulled by 216 persons, with 172 on the front and 44 persons at the back and is controlled by 5 persons. Its length is 11.20 metres, weight 13.7 tons and wide 4.85 metres and length 18 metres.

1.30am :After the Royal Urn is placed on Royal Gun-carriage or Rajarot Puen Yak, the third Royal procession starts. His Majesty the King and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn lead the procession. Also joined the procession are Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya, HRH Princess Somsavali and HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha. 

1.13am :A Royal conveyor is brought to Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot and the Royal Urn is moved from the carriage.

12.56am: The second Royal procession arrives at Sanam Luang ceremonial ground. The Royal Urn will be transferred to the Royal Gun-carriage, or Rajarot Puen Yai.

11.25am:The second procession is proceeding from Rajadamnoen Nai Road into the middle of Sanam Luang, covering a length of 890 meters. It will spend about two hours and 2,406 troops participated.

11.11am : Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot is bringing the Royal Urn on to Rajdamnoen Nai Avenue and then enters the Royal ceremonial ground at Sanam Luang.

Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot, or the Great Victory Royal Chariot, is made of carved wood, lacquered and gilded, and decorated with glass. It was built in the reign of King Rama I for the royal cremation of Somdet Phra Pathom Borommahachanok, the father of King Rama I, in 1795.

Later, it has been used to carry the royal urns of kings, queens, and members of the royal family. There is a Busabok (small pavilion) on the Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot.

10.43am : The second Royal procession of honour begins.

10.38am :Prime Minister Prayut and other delegates walk to the procession.

10.35am : Soldiers move the conveyor out of Phra Maha Pichai Ratcharot.

10.27am : The Great Royal Urn is being transferred by conveyor to Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot on to Rajdamnoen Nai Avenue.

10.09am : His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn approach the Great Victory Chariot. The King performs religious rite which include safforn robes to monks.

9.48am : The first Royal procession is about to reach eastern side of Wat Pho where the Great Victory Chariot or Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot is waiting.

9.41am : The first Royal procession is travelling along Ta Maharat road and is about to turn to Tai Wang road.

9.32am : The procession is progressing along Maharat Road to Wat Phra Chetuphon or Wat Pho. The Royal Urn will be preceded by Somdej Phra Wannarat of Wat Bovornnivej Viharn. The senior monk will read the Holy Doctrine or Abhidhamma. He will sit on the Lotus Petal Palanquin or “Phra Saliang Klip Bua” leading the procession of honour when the Royal Urn is transferred from Dusit Maha Prasad Throne Hall in the Grand Palace through the West gate to the Great Victory Chariot in front of Wat Phra Chetuphon.

9.30am : His Majesty the King and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn as well as the King's children join the first grand procession. Accompanied them were Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, his deputy Wissanu Krea-ngam, as well as Privy Councillors.

9.25am : The first grand procession of honour for the late monarch begins.

Phra Yannamas Sam Lam Khan is 7.73 meters long and 1.78 meters high and weighs 700 kilograms. It was built in the reign of HM King Rama II for the Royal Cremation of HM King Rama I.

9.15am : The first Royal procession is about to start. Supporting the Royal Urn, both on Palaquin with Three Poles and the Great Victory Chariot, are two well-respected Royal doctors – Dr Prasit Watanapa, dean of Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj Hospital, and Dr Pradit Panchavinnin, director of Siriraj Piyamahakarun Hospital.

    Dr Prasit said in his last interview that their hands would represent the hands of all 68 million Thais in supporting the Royal Urn. “Please know that we represent you. Our hands are like your hands,” he noted. 

9.10am : The Phra Yannamas Sam Lam Khan is moved from the compound of Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall.

9.04am : HM the King, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and other Royal family members leave Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall to watch the transfer of the Royal Urn that is already placed on the Phra Yannamas Sam Lam Khan to the first Royal procession.

8.48am: Officials place the Royal Urn on an elevated Royal pavilion that is next to the Phra Yannamas Sam Lam Khan (a palanquin with three poles).

8.38am : Kings' Guard officers transfer inner of the Royal Urn to be in front of Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall.

7.45am : Officials remove the outer of the Royal Urn of the late monarch at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall before transferring the Royal Urn to the first grand procession of honour.

 

7.25am: His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn arrives at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall. The King lights the candles and joss sticks in front of a Buddha statue and monks to start the Royal Cremation Ceremonies.

4.30am : Cabinet members, military commanders, the Supreme Court president, and the chairmen of independent organisations gather at Government House in preparation for the Royal Cremation ceremonies.

They are accompanied by their spouses, as they wait at Government House to travel together to the ceremonial ground.

The governor of Bangkok and the Cabinet secretary-general also travel with them.