Wat Mahathat – My memories – The Buddha head
“Wat Mahathat” is not a particular temple’s name, but is a meaning for a temple which has a stupa that is enshrined with Buddha (or nobleman) relics. So there are many prefectures that have “Wat Mahathat” in Thailand, for example, Bangkok, Sukhothai, Phisanulok, Ayutthaya, Ratchaburi, Nakhon Phanom, etc…
Here are some pictures of the Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya.
The Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya is located in the Ayutthaya Historical Park that is designated as a world heritage, and always has a lot of tourists.
But now, they don’t have a stupa because it was destroyed by the Burmese armies in 1767, so we can only see the ruins of the stupa, and many statues of the headless Buddha image.
I feel that view is almost like the world of the Japanese song “Kojo no Tsuki” (Moon over ther Ruined Castle). If nobody visited there, it will be a very sad, desolate, and quiet place like the Japanese song image.
But actually, when I visited these ruin for the first time, which was about 22 years ago, there was nobody in this large field except me. That time, I had no information about the place, so I was walking around there by myself thinking about what they have.
I clearly remember that it was a very very hot day, so I stopped walking under the shade of a big tree to take a little rest. But I jumped up with surprise the head of the Buddha Statue was sticking out from the roots.
It was a lot more scarier than anybody could imagine, I was a lot more scared than I should be.
Maybe that’s because I might have had some guilt about something at that time (just kidding!).
I guess I wrote too much unnecessary memories, so I’m going to write about this temple again some other time.