Thailand: HRH Crown Prince grants robes for nationwide ordination

The Nation, July 26, 2007

Bangkok, Thailand -- HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has graciously granted 84 sets of triple yellow robes to the nationwide ordination of 7,476 Buddhist monk men to celebrate His Majesty the King's upcoming 80th birthday anniversary.

Culture Ministry's Religious Affairs Department hosted on Friday a ceremony at Wat Bovornnivet to receive the royal-granted robes for the ordination, hosted by the department, the Office of National Buddhism and related agencies.

Permanent Secretary for Culture Veera Rojanapojanarat said the 7,476 candidates comprised of 89 individuals from each of 75 provinces plus 89 at each of nine central temples being Wat Bonornnivet, Wat Saket, Wat Chanasongkhram, Wat Pak Nam, Wat Trimitwittayaram, Wat Suthatthepvararam, Wat Phrachetupon Wimolmangklaram, Wat Yannawa and Wat Rama 9.

The head-shaving rite is schedule for July 26 and the ordination ceremony (Upasampada) would be held the following day.

The royal-granted robes would be presented to the Preceptor (Upajjhaya), who would be responsible for the newly ordained monks throughout their monastic life, at each province and at each of the nine central temples, Veera said.

Those wanting to make donations to support the activity should contact the Religious Affairs Department, according to Veera.