Beginning with the history of Wat Yai, the temple itself was built by King Litha who once ruled Sukhothai. He built the temple in the year 1357 and the temple is located at Naresuan Bridge right by the Nan river that runs through the bridge with the temple being over 36 rai large. The temple is visited by many everyday, including the locals and travelers passing through Thailand. This is thanks to the image of Phra Phuttha Chinnarat that is highly respected by the people. The image of  Phra Phuttha Chinnarat is often mentioned by many as one of the most beautifully crafted Buddha images in Thailand. King Rama IV himself once praised the important significance Buddha images in Thailand. In Thailand there is only three Buddha images in Thailand that receives such level of respect from the people, along with Phra Phuttha Chinnarat, and Phra Si Satsada.

 

          The importance of Buddhist images in Thailand is that the images is a representative of Lord Buddha who is the one who knows the world. There is a higher power that is held within every image of Lord Buddha. The powers within these images hold the power than can benefit the lives of those who pray and worship to the image. Usually, Thai people will pray and wish for positivity into the different aspects of life that they want help on or need luck to help them achieve those goals. The location that the image is placed is believed to be a sacred place. This can further be explained in three categories of sacred places. 1. Sacred places that hold historical significance that was a part of the Lord Buddha's life, 2. Sacred places that holds the sacred relics of Lord Buddha, and 3. Sacred places that hold Buddha images. The  Phra Phuttha Chinnarat and the temple of Wat Yai belongs to the last category. The beauty and the importance of the Phra Phuttha Chinnarat image is well known and respected not only in Thailand but also across Asia, both in terms of religion importance and one of the most beautifully crafted Buddha images ever to be made.

 

            The Phra Phuttha Chinnarat image is built in the style of Sukhothai Buddha images, where the image itself is in the subduing Mara position. The size of the image is 100 inches wide and 140 inches tall. When visiting the Phra Phuttha Chinnarat image, the feeling as soon as you enter the Wat Yai temple is a feeling of peace and calm. There is a factor to visit the  Phra Phuttha Chinnarat image that simply calms down your heart and helps draw down any nerves that you might have from any worries from the outside world. It is recommended if you are one to meditate, to take a moment and meditate in front of the Phra Phuttha Chinnarat image. By doing this, you will be meditating in a location true of peace, with the opportunity to meet and connect with a higher level of power. If you are concerned about the number of people that may be an obstruction to meditating in front of the image, a good option is to go early in the morning and later at day, at this time the temple is usually not busy, where there is a very high possibility to meditate with enough space peacefully and without interruption.

 

There are intricate details that are unique to the Phra Phuttha Chinnarat. This includes soft lines all through the image, an oval base at the bottom of the image, on the top is a lining that looks similar to a flaming fire, this is called “TeeKongKulee”, each finger are exactly the same length and there are a total of four fingers on each hand in total. The glass craft at the end is crafted from wood in the Ayutthaya period and is in the shape of a Makorn, this has a body similar to a dragon with a trunk similar to an elephant. In the middle is a Hera, this is similar to a crocodile. There is also a belief that there are two goddesses protecting the Phra Phuttha Chinnarat at all times which is Tao Wed Su Wan and Aruak Yak.

 

            The Phra Phuttha Chinnarat today has been popularized because of the power that is within. This includes amulets shaped as Phra Phuttha Chinnarat, or printed onto the amulet. Also, other smaller Phra Phuttha Chinnarat images are made with many people having the image in their homes, usually within a Buddha room or on top of a Buddha stand to worship or pray to. Lastly, coins with Phra Phuttha Chinnarat printed on them are also popular as they can be carried discreetly in a wallet and easily gifted to others as a wish of blessing and kindness. One of the most searched coins to carry as a blessing in life and to collect for amulet collectors is the very rare Phra Phuttha Chinnarat coin that was the first model ever produced. There are many fakes of this coin out there in the market, but if you are lucky enough to find one of the coins, then it is believed that your life will be blessed with luck and happiness. There is strong historical value within the Phra Phuttha Chinnarat coin and brings high positive energy to the holder.

 

            The first Phra Phuttha Chinnarat model of coin that was produced in 1917 that was produced in the occasion that King Rama 5 visited the Phra Phuttha Chinnarat. It took over two years to produce and was blessed by a large group of highly respected monks at the time, this included Luang Phor Kgen from Wat Bang Klan, Luang Phoo Sook from Wat Pak Khlong Makham Thao and many more. There was a limited quantity produced as in the time they did not have mass production equipments yet. There were two materials of the copins produced which was gold and copper materials. The coin was round with a separate hole on top that was connected together that can be placed on a necklace to be worn. The sides of the coin has a slightly higher rise than the middle of the amulet. On the left and the right of the amulet printed in Thai is the words Phra Phuttha Chinnarat and under the image of Phra Phuttha Chinnarat is printed with four letters in the Thai Language that implies the print that was used to produce the coin at the time of the creation. There are 3 prints in the back in total, this includes 1. Pim Lang Oak Lao that includes four printed letters of the Khom alphabets, 2. The five line print, that has a description of where the amulet was produced in five lines, which is in Phitsanulok, and 3. The three line print, that has a description of where the amulet was produced in three line.

 

            The power that Phra Phuttha Chinnarat holds is very strong and is one of the most greatest powers. This is the Power of Success, that grants wishes to the wisher. No matter if the wish is made to an image of Phra Phuttha Chinnarat, or simply an amulet or the coin. There is a high chance that Phra Phuttha Chinnarat will help assist in the way that you cannot see in helping you to achieve the wish that you aim. For example, if you wish for a successful business deal, then on the date of the deal conclusion you may seem extra bright and smart on such day, the knowledge and bright mind will help you think more carefully and help in the communication to successfully achieve the deal. If you wish for safe travel, then Phra Phuttha Chinnarat may help protect you with the power of protection against any harm that may come your way, for the protection against accidents, and there may be signs to warn you if anything bad was about to happen. This is because the power of Phra Phuttha Chinnarat is so grand, that it adjusts to the specific requirements that are different for each person, and different for each wish to come true.