Rama is shown to the people of Ayudhya and announced as their future king, as depicted on a mural painting at the Emerald Buddha Temple. Dressed in gold clothes and painted with his characteristic green skin, Rama is carried on a golden sedan chair just outside the palace walls. Many courtiers attend to him carrying golden lances, royal umbrellas, and other heirlooms of the ruling family.
These kinds of ornamental umbrellas or parasols are Hindu and Buddhist symbols of protection and nobility. In tropical Asia, parasols often are used as protection from the sun and heat rather than rain. They signify a noble person’s ability to control the strong forces of the universe.