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 physical settings are created in sacred spaces for the days of the week
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 prayers. The “great moments” of Buddha reveal some important lessons.
The Eight Buddhas
These Day of the Week Budhhas are displayed
publicly in temples throughout Southeast Asia.