In recent years, popular folk veneration of Cama Devi has grown in a nationwide resurgence. A newly constructed memorial statue of Cama Devi in the northern Thai town of Lamphun (formerly Haripunjaya) has become a devotional center. At the same time, scholarly circles have focused increased interest in the study of northern Thai chronicles. One of these chronicles, the Camadevivimsa has recently been studied and translated into English (see the bottom of this page). It is primarily a document of religious instruction, presenting the 7th century CE founding of Cama Devi's kingdom, Haripunjaya, not just as a historical story, but as a religious and cosmologically significant event.
One of Lamphun's most important temples, about a kilometer out of town, is Wat Kukut, also known as Wat Chama Devi after the princess who founded and first ruled Haripunchai. Her son, King Mahandayok, built the wat in the early 8th c.
It is worth visiting if only to see its two chedis which are magnificent examples of Mon architecture. The larger of the two, 21 m (69 ft) high, holds Queen Chama Devi's ashes, and is the more important, even though lightning has robbed it of its spire. This is in fact how it acquired its present name - Ku in Thai means something like "chedi" and Kut stands for "with a broken-off spire". It rises from its mighty terraced plinth in five stories, with little chedis on the corners and three ornate niches at each level and on
These contain stucco Buddhas, 60 in all, and in various states of preservation, each originally with one hand raised in the gesture of dispelling fear, clearly showing the Khmer influence. Although most of them have their original bodies their heads have had to be renewed or restored in nearly every case.
Below is one of the images of the Buddha which is suspected to bear the original likeness of the Queen. The statue at the top of this page is a modern style which might bear her no likeness other than in the period costume.
The Sun-disc many-spoked Dhamma Wheel was adopted as a popular Buddhist symbol in Queen Cama's empire.
Read more about Queen Cama Devi here in the book The Legend of Queen Cama: Bodhiramsa's Camadevivivamsa, a translation and commentary.