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King grants use of ancient urn for His Holiness

His Majesty the King has granted the use of an ancient urn and a three-tiered umbrella for the late Supreme Patriarch, His Holiness Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara.

His Holiness passed away at the age of 100 on Thursday.

Made during the reign of King Rama I, the wooden urn is octagonal in shape, and engraved and decorated with gold leaf and stained glass.

His Holiness, when in his 40s, served as a spiritual mentor to the current monarch when he was briefly ordained as a monk. HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn was also under the care of His Holiness during his period in monkhood.

National Office of Buddhism director-general Nopparat Benjawatananun yesterday said the Crown Prince had commissioned his personal affairs division to help prepare the funeral for the much-revered monk.

"Government officials at the funeral must wear full dress to honour the Supreme Patriarch fully," Nopparat said.

The funeral will be held at Tamnak Phet of Wat Bowonnives Vihara.

Officials from the Royal Household Bureau have installed a partition inside the main hall to prepare a corner for the bathing ceremony.

The funeral of the much-revered monk will run for seven days under the auspices of His Majesty.

Phra Shakyawongwisut, assistant secretary to the Supreme Patriarch, said His Holiness' religious legacy would stay on.

"He practised dharma. We should follow his example," he said.


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