Wat Phra Mahathat, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Wat Phra Mahathat famous for the Buddha head of sandstone embraced by the roots of a huge tree. A religious wonder; nobody knows how the head got embedded there. One of the theories is that a broken image could have been abandoned there after the Burmese attacked Ayuthaya and ransacked the Wats. Actually there are a lot of interesting stories around all these… waiting to be told. If only the language wasn’t a barrier.

Tourists were flocking all around to get themselves photographed with this religious wonder. Tourists with interest in photography were seen taking shots from every possible angle. I too made full use of the opportunity. The spot was inaccessible as there were poles with chains restricting people from getting close. And most of them were focusing to get the auspicious image without the man made stuff around.

Building began on this royal monastery in 1374 and was completed during the reign of King Ramesuan (1388-95). All that remains now are ruins with series of beheaded Buddhas. Some of the smaller stupas are still intact, but the main prang has vanished and only the base remains.

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39 Responses

  1. Titanium says:

    That's an amazing blend of nature and creativity. Thanks for the window into your world.

  2. Dina says:

    The head really is awesome.

  3. jinksy says:

    The head and the tree are intriguing. Its hard to decide whether it is embracing or imprisoning the carving…

  4. She Writes says:

    You always share the best stuff!

  5. Sylvia K says:

    Fascinating! And I too was intrigued by the head in the tree! Amazing! And, yes Indrani, you do always share the best stuff! It's always a pleasure visiting your blog! Have a good week!


  6. Carver says:

    Such an interesting post and all great shots. The Buddha head that is embraced by the tree roots is remarkable. It looks like it sprang from the tree. I've never seen anything like that.

  7. J Bar says:

    Great shots of interesting monuments.
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  8. Rajesh says:

    Beautiful shots. That is really a wonder to me!!

  9. Erin says:

    fascinating history…enjoyed your post and photographs much.

  10. It's interesting to find the remnants of the ancient times that still stand today.

    The embedded sandstone head is quite intriguing. Lovely post Indrani as ever.

  11. The final photograph is particularly intriguing. I wonder how it looked when it was new?

  12. fascinating . No wonder people are flocking to see for themselves!

  13. sujata says:

    the first pic just was amazing, what a lovely blend of nature and art. A Happy New Year to you and all your loved ones..hope you have a great year ahead!

  14. Good one, thanks for sharing.

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  15. LadyFi says:

    Amazing shots – and that head nestled among the roots in an embrace is just fantastic!

  16. Wolynski says:

    Love that head trapped in the roots – looks spooky, but amazing.

    The bottom photo with the uneven bricks is lovely, too.

  17. YOSEE says:

    I can see what a great photo-op this is ! The Face caught among roots looks evocative, if a bit eerie ! Ta-Phrom in Angkor Thom ( Cambodia) also has similar sights.

  18. radha says:

    Wow! The Buddha embraced by the roots of the tree is amazing, whatever may be the story!

  19. maiaT says:

    The Buddha head among the roots is a wonder indeed, nature embracing man's work. Great photos from your beautiful world.

  20. Truly a magnificent lesson: the nature is an integral part of our existence…
    Wonderful post, thanks for sharing!

  21. lazyclick says:

    Wonderful. Never seen anything like this before.

  22. Thank you for leaving a comment in my blog. I have been looking through your enjoying your wonderful photographs. I am a Christian but am very interested in all places of worship.

  23. dgotlib says:

    your photos are wonderful. I particularly enjoyed the first one although I liked the mixture of textures and colors in the last.
    Thank you for dropping by and visiting me. It is nice to meet you.

  24. Hilary says:

    Wow.. that quite a wonder. I love this sort of thing. You find such interesting photography subjects.

  25. wow! the first and second pics are amazing. I actually didn't think about how the head got tangled until u mentioned. Now i wonder how!

  26. Sourav says:

    Wow its really a wonder.
    I think it happened due to wars in those times.


  27. incredible works 🙂

  28. A rare spectacle indeed

  29. Kalpana says:

    This is gorgeous! what a beautiful image.

  30. Yogi Saraswat says:

    What a beautiful , auspicious and amazing place to visit . Here another face of Thailand is reflecting in your post besides Night life in Bangkok , Pattaya and so so .

  31. beautiful works… wish all the monuments were intact.. . thanks for letting us know about this wonderful place

  32. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder says:

    Whenever I see this Buddha’s head, I feel sheer wonder. Nice capture and write-up as always, Indrani…. 🙂

  33. Anita says:

    Great pics, Indrani.
    Great place & super monuments.
    Can understand why everyone wants to make use of the photo-op 🙂

  34. Want to visit Thailand. Must be beautiful these stone figurines enclosed within roots

  35. A great post. This is indeed so fascinating. Thanks for sharing dear 🙂

  36. Beautiful article awesome Buddha photo in janan yoga

  37. Creativity is at its best.

  38. Very interesting indeed…thanks for sharing this, Indrani!

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