Ayutthaya is one of Thailand’s old capitals. Interesting detail about the city is that, with very few exceptions, hundreds of surviving Buddha statues are headless. As you can learn, the heads had been lopped off by looters and sold to private collectors from the U.S.A. and Europe. Although some of the Buddha’s heads are lost forever, many of the heads have been discovered in western museums around the world. When Thailand asked for this important part of their heritage back, they were refused.
The Buddha head, that is behind us, miraculously survived and became one of the most iconic symbols of Thailand✨ The roots of the banyan tree sprouted near the statue grew to engulf the Buddha statue.
There is still no exact history of how the Buddha’s head became entwined in the roots of the tree🌳 Among many theories, one theory suggests that the tree grew around the head of the Buddha when the temple was left abandoned. Similarly, another theory also states that a thief moved the Buddha head away from the main temple in Ayutthaya to hide it. But after moving the stone Buddha head away from the ruined main temple, it is believed that the thief could not move the head beyond the walls surrounding the temple. Instead of that, the stone Buddha head was left by the wall where it got nestled in the tree roots which have grown and entwined around it. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It is a miracle!