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Governor of Bihar Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar Visits Historic Ayutthaya in Thailand

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Today, Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar of Bihar led a 22-member Indian delegation on a significant visit to the ancient city of Ayutthaya in Thailand. The purpose of the visit was to oversee the exposition of the holy relics of Lord Buddha, which will be displayed in Thailand for 26 days.

Ayutthaya, founded in 1350, served as the second capital of the Siamese Kingdom after Sukhothai. It enjoyed a period of immense prosperity and cultural exchange from the 14th to the 18th centuries, emerging as a major global hub for diplomacy and commerce. Strategically situated on an island surrounded by three rivers, Ayutthaya’s location shielded it from maritime attacks and seasonal flooding, fostering its growth and influence.

Tragically, in 1767, Ayutthaya fell victim to a devastating assault by the Burmese army, resulting in the city’s destruction and abandonment. Despite never being rebuilt in its original location, Ayutthaya remains a sprawling archaeological site, preserving a rich tapestry of relics and ruins.

Governor Arlekar, reflecting on his visit, emphasized the profound cultural and historical ties between Indian and Thai civilizations, diligently maintained by the people and government of Thailand. Hailing from Bihar, home to numerous Buddhist legacies and the revered site of Bodh Gaya, Governor Arlekar underscored the significance of his visit to Ayutthaya, particularly against the backdrop of the recent inauguration of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, India.

He remarked that Ayutthaya’s ancient temples, palaces, and ruins not only offer insight into Thailand’s rich heritage but also illuminate the enduring cultural bonds between nations. Governor Arlekar stressed the importance of raising awareness in India about this shared cultural heritage and the global reach of Indian culture.

In conclusion, Governor Arlekar’s visit to Ayutthaya signifies a testament to the enduring connections between India and Thailand, transcending time and geography to celebrate a shared legacy of culture and civilization.

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