- Parasol (chattra) - royalty and spiritual power
- Golden Fishes (suvarnamatsya) - good fortune, fertility and salvation
- Treasure Vase (kalasha) - spiritual and material abundance
- Lotus (padma) - mental and spiritual purity
- Conch Shell (sankha) - the fame of Buddha's teachings
- Endless Knot (shrivasta) - infinite wisdom of the Buddha
- Victory Banner (dhvaja) - victory of the Buddha's teachings and wisdom over ignorance
- Wheel (dharmachakra) - the teachings of the Buddha
The color of the lotus has an important bearing on the symbology associated with it:
- White Lotus : This represents the state of spiritual perfection and total mental purity (bodhi).
- Pink Lotus : This the supreme lotus, generally reserved for the highest deity. Thus naturally it is associated with the Great Buddha himself.
- Red Lotus : This signifies the original nature and purity of the heart (hrdya). It is the lotus of love, compassion, passion and all other qualities of the heart.
- Blue Lotus : This is a symbol of the victory of the spirit over the senses, and signifies the wisdom of knowledge.
Jackfruit tree (langka/katahal/knol/makmi/mit/kanoon) adorned with a red ribbon and a yellow textile at the temple grounds.
We took a stroll outside the temple complex, leaving the roundabout so we can see a bit of the city. We found a moat (below) and a public park with colorful exercise gadgets for everyone to use. Nakhon Pathom is like any Thai cities, albeit less populous; and the air is fresher.
Plumeria trees (above) rise around the Phra Pathom Chedi temple grounds. Its heavenly smelling blooms are called different names in the region, its english name of Plumeria is derived in honor of French botanist Charles Plumier, while its common name of Frangipani is after an Italian noble family.
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