2019 - Vietnam-Avalon-Châu Đốc - 29 - Bà Chúa Xứ - Holy Mother of the Realm
We are at Bà Chúa Xứ Núi Sam Temple the camera is not allowed to take photos of the Holy Mother of the Realm, oops, this must have happened in error - my apologies.
ABOUT THE TEMPLE:
Bà Chúa Xứ - Holy Mother of the Realm is a prosperity goddess of southern Vietnam's Thanism.
She is a tutelary of business, health, and a protector of the Vietnamese border. She is considered prestigious and is worshipped in her temple at the foot of Sam Mountain.
The Lady of the Realm is known as a protector deity. She is one of many goddesses who have grown popular in southern Vietnam.
Within the temple is a much-venerated marble statue of Ba Chua, meaning “country lady”. Worshippers touch her statue and ask for her protection and benediction.
A great festival is held annually from the 23rd to the 27th of the fourth lunar month with the 25th day being the most important. During the festival days, many traditional cultural activities and dances are organized.
Legend told that the local goddess lived in Sam Mountain. One day, she got into the citizens’ dreams and told them to set up a shrine to worship her and she would bless them a bumper harvest.
Of course, people followed her instructions and discovered an old Buddha statue at the foot of Sam Mountain. The villagers were determined to invite her down the mountain but how many healthy boys still could not lift this Buddha Statue.
She told in the dream again that nine virgins could be able to lift her down the mountain. People sent out nine virgins at her disposal.
Indeed, nine girls picked her up slightly and suddenly carried her down the mountain with ease .Going down the mountain for a while, the statue of the Lady became so heavy that the girls could not move anymore.
Everyone understood that she had chosen this land as a place to live and built a temple for her. That’s the foundation of Ba Chua Xu Temple.