Myanmar pagodas at night
In a move aimed at strengthening the ties between India and Myanmar, the Indian Union cabinet on Wednesday approved a project to conserve earthquake-damaged pagodas in Myanmars famous city of Bagan. Known to typically house Buddhist relics, the Burmese pagodas are their most astonishing attractions. It is what gives Burma the sobriquet of land of pagodas. The whole of Myanmar is known for the beautiful shrines and pagodas it houses. Most of the pagodas are prominent pilgrim sites for locals of the country and also serve as great destinations for tourists to visit. Here are some interesting facts about the pagodas of Myanmar that you should know. Also Read - Border Trade With Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar Continues Despite Ban on Movement
Burmas pagodas are stupas that serve as a place of worship. These stupas are called Zedi, which in term is derived from the Pali word cetiya meaning a solid, bell-shaped stupa. These Zedis are of different types depending on what is housed inside the stupa. Also Read - Facebook Apologises For This Hideous Translation of Xi Jinping's Name
Pagoda in Burma
Burmese stupas are built in spacious compounds known as arans. There is a platform called yinbyin that surrounds the stupa. There are gateways called moks in the four cardinal directions of the stupa. These pagoda compounds in Myanmar host several seasonal festivals called pagoda festivals. ALSO SEE Four must visit Buddhist sites Also Read - UN Condemns Human Rights Abuses Against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar
Construction of Burmese stupas is marked by the use of bricks and a coat of whitewashed plaster. In some of the popular pagodas, you will see a gold paint coating. A distinct feature of Burmas pagodas is that they are crowned with a spired ornament named hti, which literally means umbrella, an auspicious Buddhist symbol.
Apart from relics of Buddha, Burmese pagodas or stupas also house statues, sacred texts, traditional garments, robes, bowls, and paintings. No matter what is enshrined in the pagoda, its association with Buddhism makes it an important place for worship for devotees.
Ancient pagodas of Bagan
Of the cities in Myanmar that are known for their pagodas, Mandalay and Pagan are the most prominent ones. Mandalay is the former royal capital of the country and is home to the historic Kuthodaw Pagoda known for its numerous Buddhist-scripture-inscribed marble slabs. Bagan, on the other hand, is an ancient city with a prominent archaeological area that is home to thousands of Buddhist monuments. Amazing pagodas in Bagan include Lawkananda Pagoda, which houses a replica of the Buddha tooth relic and Shwesandaw Pagoda, which was built in 1057 and houses some sacred hairs of Buddha. CHECK OUT Bodhgaya temple photos: Buddha Purnima 2017 in Gautama Buddhas land of enlightenment
So, if you like to tread off the beaten path, consider the wonderful pagodas of Myanmar for your next vacation.