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Bihar Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar Explores Historic Ayutthaya in Thailand

Ayutthaya, Thailand: Bihar Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar, leading a 22-member Indian Delegation, visited the ancient city of Ayutthaya in Thailand today. The Governor’s visit is part of the delegation’s mission to present the holy relics of Lord Buddha during a 26-day exposition in Thailand.

Ayutthaya, founded in 1350, holds historical significance as the second capital of the Siamese Kingdom after Sukhothai. Flourishing from the 14th to the 18th centuries, Ayutthaya became one of the world’s largest and most cosmopolitan urban centers, serving as a hub for global diplomacy and commerce.

Strategically situated on an island surrounded by three rivers, Ayutthaya was a crucial maritime city connected to the sea. Its location, chosen to prevent sea attacks by foreign warships, also shielded it from seasonal flooding.

In 1767, the city faced devastation when the Burmese army attacked and razed Ayutthaya to the ground, leading to its abandonment. The city’s remnants, now an extensive archaeological site, showcase tall prangs (reliquary towers) and monumental Buddhist monasteries, reflecting the past grandeur of Ayutthaya.

Governor Arlekar, expressing the deep cultural and historical ties between Indian and Thai civilizations, emphasized Thailand’s commendable efforts to preserve this shared heritage. He underscored the significance of his visit, given his role as the Governor of Bihar, home to several Buddhist heritages, including Bodh Gaya.

The Governor noted the cultural connect between Ayutthaya and Ayodhya, especially following the recent inauguration of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, India. He highlighted the importance of raising awareness in India about this cultural bond and the global influence of Indian heritage.

Ayutthaya, with its ancient temples, palaces, and ruins, provides insights into Thailand’s rich history and culture, offering a glimpse into the deep roots and heritage of modern Thailand. Governor Shri Arlekar emphasized the need to promote and appreciate the cultural exchanges that have contributed to the global spread of Indian culture.

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