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When visiting a Thai temple you may be interested to look at the many Buddha images and their different poses, which depict significant moments in the Buddha's life. Whilst most Buddha statues feature the Buddha in meditation, there are more than 100 different poses. There are also some postures that each represent the 7 days of the week, and Thai people pay particular attention to the Buddha image which corresponds to the day they were born.

This is a standing Buddha pose, with the left hand hanging down by the side. The right hand is raised at the chest, palm facing outwards, in a singe-handed gesture. This posture represents “Preventing Calamities”, which is also known as “Pacifying the Relatives.”
Buddha name : Phra Ham Yath (Making peace) / Paang Harm Samoot
Color to wear : Yellow
Character : Good memory, serious, love to travel
Optimum profession : Trader, doctor, nurse, fisherman
Very lucky day/color : Saturday / black
Lucky day/color : Wednesday / green
Unlucky day/color : Sunday / orange

A reclining Buddha posture. The Buddha lies on his right side with his left arm draped along the body and the right arm acting as a pillow, propping up the head. One of the most dramatic and breathtaking reclining Buddha images can be found at Wat Po, Bangkok. This temple is also home to the famous Thai massage school.
Buddha name : PHRA Sai Yas (reclining) / Paang Salyasna
Color to wear : Pink
Buddha image for Tuesday : Character : brave, active, broad and serious mind
Optimum profession : policeman, soldier, chemist, cook, hairdresser
Very lucky day/color : Thursday / yellow
Lucky day/color : Saturday / black
Unlucky day/color : Monday / white

There are two images that represent Wednesday, one for the morning and one for the night.
For Wednesday morning, the Buddha is standing with heels pressed together, holding an alms bowl at waist height, with both hands wrapped around it.
Buddha name : Phra Um Baatr (holding the alms-bowl) / Paang Oombaat
Color to wear : Green
Character : ambitious, gregarious, fun loving
Optimum profession : banker, singer, musician, artist, designer
Very lucky day/color : Wednesday (night) / light green
Lucky day/color : Thursday / yellow
Unlucky day/color : Tuesday / pink

Wednesday evening’s pose represents the retreat to the forest, for the duration of the rainy season. It is a sitting posture with the Buddha depicted as resting with a monkey and small elephant at his side. The Buddha is about to accept a honeycomb from the money and a water pot from the elephant.
Buddha name : Phra Par Lelai (the blessed one)
Color to wear : Light green
Character : hard working, diligent, honest
Optimum profession : writer, poet, doctor, scientist, actor, archaeologist
Very lucky day/color : Monday / white
Lucky day/color : Sunday / orange
Unlucky day/color : Thursday / yellow

This sitting Buddha image is one of restful meditation, with legs crossed (right leg on top of the left) and both hands resting on the top, with the right hand over the left, both palms upwards. This is a classic yoga posture.
Buddha name : Phra Samah Thi (meditation) / Paang Nung Samadhi
Color to wear : Orange
Character : good heart, graceful, tranquil, honest
Optimum profession : judge, lawyer, teacher, clergyman
Very lucky day/color : Sunday/orange
Lucky day/color : Friday/blue
Unlucky day/color : Saturday/black

Friday represents “Reflection” or “Contemplation”, with a standing Buddha image. Both hands are crossed at the chest (right over left), palms facing inwards. The posture depicts the Buddha standing at the Banyan Tree, wondering how he can explain the cause of suffering to his followers.
Buddha name : Phra Ram Pueng (contemplation) / Paang Rum Peung
Color to wear : Blue
Character : ambitious, gregarious, fun loving
Optimum profession : banker, singer, musician, artist, designer
Very lucky day/color : Tuesday / pink
Lucky day/color : Monday / white
Unlucky day/color : Wednesday (night) / light green

This dramatic statute depicts the Buddha sitting in meditation, protected by a cobra hood. The Buddha sits cross-legged in meditation, with overlapping hands, palms upwards, whilst Mucalinda, the cobra (King of Naga) spreads its hood above the Buddha’s head.
Buddha name : Phra Naga Prok (protection) / Paang Naga Prok
Color to wear : Purple
Character : logical , tranquil, reclusive
Optimum profession : agriculturist, constructor, miner, bailiff
Very lucky day/color : Friday / blue
Lucky day/color : Wednesday (night) / light green
Unlucky day/color : Wednesday (day) / green

Representing an Open-Eye posture, the Buddha stands with hands crossed over his abdomen, in pensive thought. The right hand is placed over the left on the upper thigh. Here, the enlightened Buddha contemplates his achievements and knowledge, standing still for 7 days under the Bodhi Tree to contemplate the suffering of all living things.
Buddha name : Phra Tawai Natra (restraint) / Paang Tawal Netr
Color to wear : Red
Character : respectable, carefree, wise, and beloved by both friends and relatives
Optimum profession : manager, official, doctor, trader, craftsman
Very lucky day/color : Wednesday / green
Lucky day/color : Tuesday/pink
Unlucky day/color : Friday / blue



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