The Emerald Buddha, is a small representation of a seated Buddha made of green jade (not emerald as its name says) and dressed in gold robes. It has a height of 45 cm and is located in the Temple of Emerald Buddha, known as Wat Phar Kaew, within the Royal Palace complex in Bangkok, built especially to house this revered figure.
The origins of the figure are unknown, it is believed that it has been carved in southern India or Sri Lanka, as it was not found until 1434, when according to legend, lightning struck a church, revealing the size of the Emerald Buddha.
This statue is particularly sacred and no one can approach it, except the King of Thailand, that three times a year takes part on the ritual of the change of costumes, though you can see this scene from a distance. This event is repeated with the onset of winter, summer and the rainy season.
These ceremonies are eagerly awaited by all Buddhists, who are dressed for the occasion, although only a few of them can go inside the palace, where they receive the blessing of the king.
This so rooted faith, has penetrated deep into people as much in their leaders, since the Chakri dynasty that has reigned in Thailand since the nineteenth century believe that if the Emerald Buddha disappears, his reign will end.
Via: Ocholeguas (in Spanish)