BANGKOK, 18 April 2019 (NNT) - Vases of sacred water for the coronation ceremonies of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn were transported from the Ministry of the Interior to Suthat Thepphawararam temple for a consecration ceremony today.
At 6:30 a.m., a religious ceremony was organized before the sacred water was moved to Suthat Thepphawararam temple, which is about 740 meters from the Ministry of Interior. On this occasion, the Interior Minister, the Deputy Minister of Interior, the Permanent Secretary for Interior, high-ranking officials, the Bangkok governor, and governors of other provinces took part in the procession to deliver the water. The procession required 86 people to carry 86 vases. The procession was attended by some 500 members of the public and almost 100 meters long.
In the evening, between 5:19 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., the sacred water collected from Bangkok and 76 provinces will be consecrated at Suthat Thepphawararam temple. The ceremony will have His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch as the president of the clergy, and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as the president of the secular party.
Following the consecration ceremony, the sacred water will be transported from Suthat Thepphawararam temple to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha on Friday. Roads around the temple will be temporarily closed to traffic from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. However, police will open the roads to traffic in some instances to facilitate the traffic flow.
The consecration of sacred water is part of coronation ceremonies that have been carried out since the Rattanakosin era, and the tradition is in line with royal ceremonies in the Ayutthaya period. The sacred water represents sources of two types: Muratha Bhisek water from nine sources and water from important sources in 76 provinces nationwide.