Friday, February 15, 2013

Wat Mahathat - Ayutthaya (Thailand)

Half an hour drive from Bang Pa In Palace before we arrived at Wat Mahathat aka "Temple of Great Relics". Located right at the heart of Ayutthaya, this symbolic center built during the 14th century A.D was where Buddha’s relics were enshrined.

Reduced to ruins, many of Buddha images vandalized by lopping off their heads when Burmese army invaded Ayutthaya, Wat Mahathat is one of the most beautiful temple complexes. Once holding treasures of precious stones, gold and crystal, the relic of Lord Buddha in a gold casket is now housed in National Museum in Bang­kok. Wat Mahathat was left abandoned until the Department of Fine Art began restoration works in 1950s, the Prang or main structure collapsed twice, once during the Ayutthaya period and again in 1911, and only the foundation of the main prang remains at present.

Despite the ruins and what's left today, Wat Mahathat is a major tourist’s attraction and a must see, much photographed is Thailand's iconic image of Buddha head on the ground, trapped in the roots of a bodhi tree. 

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  1. Happy to know about Ayutthaya...:-)

  2. Wow...thanks for the info....good writeup..:-)

  3. Wow, I loved the photographs, Navaneetham! There is a calm effect which is reflective even in these photographs...Loved it! The last two pictures are really something different.... Thanks for posting the wonderful travel pics!

  4. That last photo is a truly mesmerizing shot, almost an art work by itself

  5. Wow!Red brick temple,looks nostalgic and the Buddha head now belongs to the tree.


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