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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