Lying East/ North East of Udon City heading almost due North towards Sawang Daen Din for about 75km, lies Wat Kam( Kham) Sanot which is a Buddhist forest temple. There appear to be various spellings and it is also know as Kam Chanod.
Naga Buddhism is practised here and it is believed that the ” Naga” a mythical large snake still lives in the nearby lake.
Locally this temple is also known as ” superstition temple” .
It is a fairly old temple, the age of which I could not ascertain with a long dragon shaped path leading to the “lifting stones” It is also advisable to walk in the shade as this walk is done in bare feet and that path gets mighty hot!
It is believed that if you make a wish and can lift the stone then your wish will be granted. Indeed I saw men, women and some children who could lift the stone and it had no relation to stature or anything..just some could and some couldn’t.
Our grandson had visited this temple before and could not lift the stone, on this occasion he did…..I think it has to do with mind over matter somewhat but that is not the general belief here, hence ” superstition temple”
He can however on every occasion make the brass gongs “sing” many cannot you just seem to have to be one of those will the knack..many try and fail.
This lady monk was really selling her wares and the 20 baht notes were forming a very long orderly queue what she was saying was apparently old Thai language and my grandson couldn’t translate it all to me. She was actually quite scary and she got very vocal at some points , arms a waving..scary.
There was also a local market here selling their wares , souvenirs and the like which is a permanent feature. Some of the lovely hand-made things which are given to Buddha and which adorn trees, pillars and posts around and in the temples are a sight to behold so bright and colourful.
I hope you have enjoyed the tour of this lovely forest temple and if you get the opportunity to visit you will love the sights and sounds.
Until next time stay safe, laugh a lot and enjoy your week 🙂