KYAUK-TAW-GYI BUDDHA IMAGE Kyauk-taw-gyi Pagoda located at the foot of Mandalay Hill, included as one of the greatest prides of Mandalay for its’ huge sitting Buddha image. This image 8 m, 900 tonne, is carved from a single block of white marble from the Sagyin Hill, Madaya region, and said that 10,000 men took 13 days to transport along the Ayarwaddy River to reach current location. Pagoda’s construction began in 1853 and completed in 1878, donated by King Mindon. As a prince Mindon, he was rebellious against his brother King Bagan, and once when with his rebel forces, crossing near Sagyin Hill, saw this huge single stone. With a vowing prayer he resolute to carve it into Buddha image, if he’ll be a king. Since his pledging was fulfilled he had accomplished his assertion. Therefore, the Buddha Image is wearing the King’s costume, sits majestically with right hand touching the ground “calling the Earth to witness”. Kyauk-taw-gyi Paya’s festival, accompanied with lines of stalls, is one of the largest and most revered event, normally held for 7 days in October, to commemorate Thandingyut.
Posted on: Fri, 05 Dec 2014 13:03:23 +0000
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