King at investiture ceremony for new Supreme Patriarch

The Supreme Patriarch leaves the Temple of the Emerald Buddha for Wat Rajabophit after the investiture in a royal ceremony presided over by HM the King on Sunday.

The investiture of the new Supreme Patriarch took place at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha on Sunday in a royal ceremony presided over by His Majesty the King.

The monarch was at Wat Phra Kaew to chair the important event for the investiture of Somdet Phra Maha Muniwong to be the 20th supreme monk, with other temples across the country joining the celebration.

The King appointed the abbot of Wat Rajabopit as the new Supreme Patriarch on Tuesday after the amended Sangha Act was passed by the National Legislative Assembly on Dec 29.

The amendment gives the King the right to name the top monk, ending the power of the Supreme Sangha Council on the nomination.

Buddhists flock to the Emerald Buddha temple, Wat Phra Kaew, to attend the investiture ceremony for the Supreme Patriarch. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

On Friday, Somdet Phra Maha Muniwong, 90, accepted the invitation from Prime Minister’s Office Minister Ormsin Chivapruck to attend the ceremony, and the event on Sunday completes the process of him taking over the position.

At the end of the event, the majestic bell hanging at the top of a high tower at the main chapel of Wat Phra Kaew rang for the new Supreme Patriarch. It is only rung during special royal ceremonies.

Other temples in the country also rang bells to celebrate the new Supreme Patriarch.

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