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Why Mahabodhi Paya is special ?
The Mahabodhi Temple is a Buddhist temple located in Bagan, Burma.The Mahabohdi temple, erected during the reign of Nadaungmya (r. 1211-1234), is modeled after the temple of the same name in Bodhgaya, India. The original Mahabodhi had been erected on the place where Siddhartha first attained supreme enlightenment in the 6th century BC. It is a 140 foot high brick and whitewashed stucco structure characterized by a large square pyramidal tower and topped by a conical spire and umbrella. Similar Bagan-era structures may be seen at Salï¿½, about 20 miles south of Bagan on the Ayeyarwady; there is also a small copy on the terrace of the Shwedagon (soon to be added to this site) in Yangon.
What to explore at Mahabodhi Paya?
The structure has two tiers of vaulted corridors. In the thick wall on the southern side is a spiral stairway going up. Iike the Maha Bodhi at Bodhgaya, this pagoda faces East and there is in the ground floor a Buddha image with the right hand in earth-touching posture and a similar one in upper storey. There are several niches on the faces of the Sikhara. Inside them are Buddha statues with different postures- standing, sitting, and reclining, totalling 469 statues.
Just like at Bodhgaya, there are seven sacred places in the environ of this Pagoda. With the exception of slight differences in position, the seven sacred places are similar to those at Bodhgaya. But the building which represented Ratanaghara (Bejewelled House) where the Lord Buddha contemplated Abidhamma belongs to the early period of Bagan, about two centuries earlier than the Maha Bodhi Pagoda. In this building there used to be an ornamental back-drop behind the throne of the Buddha image and a mosaic picture of green, red-brown and yellow coloured glazed bricks. The 1975 earthquake destroyed them. Only a few remain and they are preserved by the Archeology Department. Broken pieces are now on display at the museum.
How to get to Mahabodhi Paya?
Mahabodhi Paya is located in the Bagan Archaeological Zone, which 9.2km from the Nyaung U Airport. Visit the pagoda by e-bike and bicycle is the best way according to locals and tourists. Taxi and horse cart is also available at the airport to take you there.
- The 800 year old replica
- Very Unique architecture versus other Bagan temples
- Unique Hindu influenced temple in Bagan
- As close to an Indian temple in Myanmar
- Nice place to admire this Indian temple
Tips for you
Ashoka stamba is visible at the entrance. The temple is built to resemble the Maha bodhi in India. Gives a hint that this has some connection with India.
This temple is very nice, it's one of the landmarks of Bagan, I think everyone coming to Bagan should pay a visit, even if it's not the most spectacular one (you will most likely get to see quite a few of them anyway...).Also, as we got there we met a young woman who was really adorable: Phyu Phyu (pronounce "P'you-P'you"). She will show you around and take time to chat a bit, yet as opposed to other vendors located nearby temples, she won't push for any tip nor any purchase. She does sell clothes for a living, so if you want to buy a Longji (which is the local equivalent to a sarong) or a shirt, don't buy in Yangon or Mandalay before you get to Bagan, as it will most likely be much cheaper at Phyu-Phyu's shop!But if you don't intend to buy, don't worry, simply let her know; she's really lovely.
A copy of the mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya India.all the interesing places the buddha went in the first weeks after enlightenment aret here but not in the same positions!!,except for the lotus plants
This temple is very nice, it's one of the landmarks of Bagan, I think everyone coming to Bagan should pay a visit, even if it's not the most spectacular one (you will most likely get to see quite a few of them anyway...). Also, as we got there we met a young woman who was really adorable: Phyu Phyu (pronounce