Principal Buddha Image in the Ordination Hall
The principal Buddha image was cast in metal, covered with lacquer and gilded. It was created by a craftsman in the Dvaravati period. The image sits on a raised pedestal in the attitude of Subduing Mara with a lap width of 4.35 meters and height of 5.65 meters.
Legend has it that when King Rama III acknowledged the discovery of a large golden Buddha image in Ayutthaya City, he commanded Prince Phithak Thewet to transport it by raft to Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok. However, when the raft arrived at the mouth of Thewet Canal, it could not be moved to Tamnak Phae (the floating royal residence). King Rama III thus ordered the enshrinement of this image at Samo Khraeng Temple.
Later, HRH Prince Damrong Rajanubharb analyzed its place of origin. Its face had features of images belonging to the Dvaravati period, but the body had features of those of the Rattanakosin period. Through investigation, he assumed that Prince Phithak Thewet might have obtained the image’s head from Lop Buri and later had the body cast in Bangkok. Then, he discovered that it was formerly the principal Buddha image in the assembly hall of Maha That Temple in Lop Buri.
On 15 February 2003, HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej (King Rama IX) named the image Phra Buddha Devaraj Patimakorn. Later, HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (now HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebyavarangkun, King Rama X) proceeded to install a tiered umbrella over the image on 22 January 2008 and bestowed a sash on 28 July 2009.