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Ayutthaya Province, Page 39, Wat Worachetha Ram, Ayutthaya, Thailand.

Wat Chedi Sri Suriyothai, Queen Suriyothai, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Wat Chedi Sri Suriyothai, Ayutthaya, Thailand.

 

Somdet Phra Sri Suriyothai  was a royal consort during the 16th century Ayutthaya period of Siam ( now Thailand ). She is famous for having given up her life in the defence of her husband, King Maha Chakkraphat in a battle during the Burmese Siamese War of 1548.

 

Somdet Phra  is her queenly rank; Sri  pronounced and often transcribed Si, is a honorific. Her given name Suriyothai  means Dawn. It is a compound of Suriya, from Sanskrit surya SUN; plus Uthai from udaya RISING, a cognate of Aurora and Ushas.

 

Suriyothai was queen during the early part of the reign of King Maha Chakkraphat (2091 to 2106 Buddhist Era, with another reign from 2111 to 2112 B.E.). In 1548 AD, barely six months into King Maha Chakkraphat's reign, the King of Burma invaded Siam with the intent of sacking the main capital, Ayutthaya. Phra Chedi Sisuriyothai is the memorial to Somdet Phra Sisuriyothai, the Thai heroine in the Ayutthaya period. She was the queen of Somdet Phra Mahajakrapat, the king of Ayutthaya which reigned when he was 36.

 

After King Somdet Phra Mahajakrapat reigned in 1548 A.D. for seven months, Phra Chao Tabengchaveti, the King of Burma, moved his troops to beat Ayutthaya to revenge for the former unsuccessful beat of Chiengkran town in the reign of King Chairajathirat.

 

In the first battle, King Somdet Phra Mahajakrapat would lead his troops with his two sons, Prince Phra Ramesuan and Prince Phra Mahintrathirat on elephants, but queen Somdet Phra Sisuriyothai was concerned for her husband then she disguised herself as a man in a fighting form and accompanied with them.

 

 

 

Ayutthaya Province, Page 40, Wat Chedi Sri Suriyothai, Queen Suriyothai, Ayutthaya, Thailand
Ayutthaya Province, Page 40, Wat Chedi Sri Suriyothai, Queen Suriyothai, Ayutthaya, Thailand
Ayutthaya Province, Page 41, Wat Chedi Sri Suriyothai, Ayutthaya, Thailand, Pictures of the Temple.