The construction of Wat Maha That was started by King Phra Borom Rajathirat in 1374. In 1767, the Burmese army defeated the Ayutthayian army and this temple was burned. Dozens of Buddha statues within the temple were beheaded. Conjecture might be that one of the heads ended up next to the Bodhi tree that, after years of growth, claimed the Buddha head as its own.
It is written that Buddha attained enlightenment while sitting under a Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya, India around 595 BC. During the centuries after Buddha, the Bodhi tree became a symbol of the Buddha’s presence and an object of worship.
The original Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya was destroyed by King Puspyamitra during his persecution of Buddhism in the 2nd century BC. Subsequently, over time, several new Bodhi trees have been replanted in the same location as the original.
This Buddha head at Wat Maya That is a must see while visiting Ayutthaya. The cost of admission to Wat Maya Than is 50 baht as of this posting.