Sandstone Buddha Head within the Bodhi Tree at Wat Maha That, Ayutthaya

One of the special treasures to be seen at Wat Maha That in Ayutthaya, Thailand is the head of a sandstone buddha image encircled by the roots of a bodhi tree.

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 WMT TB7the 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 WMT TB1Buddha’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.

It is no wonder that this unique image in Wat Maha That holds such a strong sacred presents within the Buddhist community today.WMT TB2

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.