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Phu Phra, Wat Sila-Ard is located at Ban Na Kai Sao, Na Siew Sub District, Muang District, 12 kilometers from Chaiyaphum Province. To get there, drive along Highway No. 201 (Chaiyaphum-Phu Khieo) for 6 kilometers. Turn left into Na Siew-Huai Chun road. Drive straight for five kilometers, turn left and drive for about 1 kilometer to arrive at the temple.
Phu Phra is part of Phu Lan Kha. The mountain ridge is located 210 meters above sea level. Most parts are stone cliff and wide, open space. At the stone wall, there are nine images of Buddha. One of which, called “Phra Chao Ong Tue,” is very large. Sitting in diamond position, the image is five feet high and seven feet tall. The image’s right hand is placed on the lap and the left hand on the left leg (the hands’ position are opposite to the Subduing Mara Mudra. In front of the large Buddha, there is a seven-inch sand stone Buddha image. Also, there are seven more Buddha images placed around a sandstone pillar, five of which sits in diamond posture and the other two in the same posture as Phra Chao Ong Tue. These Buddha images were created around the 18th-19th century. On March 8, 1935, Fine Arts Department listed the temple an archeological site. This is where Phra Ajarn Fhun Phurithatto (Luang Pu Waen) resides as the open space is great for the practice of dharma. There are many Frangipani here. At the open space nearby, there is a 1.20x0.80 meter footprint of Buddha and a sacred pond which is filled with water all year. The water is used in national rituals during important occasions. In addition, the mountain is where Wat Sila-Ard is located. There is one monk staying at the temple.
Each year, Buddhist believers from all over the country will travel to pay respect to Phra Chao Ong Tue at Phu Phra. The “Ram Phee Fa” dance will be carried out to worship spirits. This is believe to heal the sick and grant people’s wishes. The dance will take place on the first day of lunar calendar in February and two days up to the full moon day in April. This is truly another peaceful and blissful travel destination of Chaiyaphum Province in Thailand.