Visit to Wat Na Phra Meru, Ayuthaya, Thailand
During the tour of Wats in Ayuthaya we stumbled on Wat Na Phra Meru. Our guide took patience to explain the history of this Wat.
History of Wat Na Phra Meru
This beautiful old temple built in 1503 has very interesting history. It was constructed by King Ramadhibodhi II, the tenth king of Ayuthaya dynasty. A historic peace accord between Tabengchaveti, the king of Burma and Somdet Phramachakraphat, the fifteenth king of Ayuthaya dynasty was signed here. It was meant to stop the war in 1563. The two kings discussed peace here with the image of Buddha, the holy book and the monks as witness. I found it interesting to note that PEACE agreements were signed then too!
Two centuries later in 1760 A.D., Thailand was once more attacked by the Burmese. This temple was then used as a base by the invaders. Shells were fired from here to destroy the royal palace. Alonphaya, the Burmese king himself operated the canons to destroy the palace. One of the canons burst during the firing operations which killed the Burmese King. Since then it is believed that the Buddha image protects Ayuthaya from its enemies.
This main Buddha image is extremely beautiful. It is cast in bronze, then lacquered and covered with gold plate. Most noteworthy here is that Buddha image is in sitting posture, dressed in royal robe. This depicts Lord Buddha as a prince before he left home to gain enlightenment and is a very rare one.
Inside the Wi-hahn, we saw a huge green sandstone statue of Buddha. It is believed to be from Sri Lanka, 1500years old belonging to the Dvaravati period. The unique feature of this Buddha image is the joint eyebrows; this is typical of that period.
Don’t miss this Wat if you are ever there.