The tradition of the seven-day week is observed all over the world. In some places it shows up in mundane ways like numbering of squares in calendars and appointment books. In other places exquisite settings for the days of the week are created in sacred spaces.
In Southeast Asia many temples feature a set of altars dedicated to the seven days of the week. Each altar displays a stature of Lord Buddha representing a deeply significant moment in his life. Some of the Buddhas are standing; others are seated and one reclines. Each Buddha holds its hands in certain manner called a Mudra which allows the recognition and distribution of a particular type of energy.
It is a common practice for visitors to seek out the Buddha representing their own “day of the week” birth. They feel that their lives are enhanced by the blessing of this particular Buddha granted through offerings, rituals and prayer. These “great moments” reveal some important lessons.
These Day of the Week Budhhas are accessible to residents and tourists in temples throughout Southeast Asia. Check out the visit of Barak Obama.