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Why Shinbinthalyaung Temple is special ?
The Shinbinthalyaung is a long, low, rectangular brick structure, a little to the west of the Shwesandaw pagoda. The temple itself is not very distinguished, but it houses the biggest reclining image of (the Buddha in Bagan, an image 60 feetlong, which stylistically belongs to the 11th century.
The reclining Buddha image's head is oriented toward the south, which would indicate that the Buddha depicted, is in a resting rather than dying or parinibbana state. One view holds that the orientation and iconography clash because the architects didn't want the Buddha's back to face Shwesandaw. In Buddhist iconography throughout Asia, however, reclining Buddha figures always lie on their right side, a preferred sleeping and dying posture with antecedents in Indian yoga (to keep the left nostril clear, thus stimulating the Ida nerve channel along the spine to induce a clear, restful state). The historical Buddha was thought to have passed into parinibbana while lying on his right side; even today Theravada Buddhist monks are often exhorted to sleep on their right rather than left sides.
What to explore at Shinbinthalyaung Temple?
The temple contains an 18 metre long Reclining Buddha, which is not unusual in Buddhist countries. What is unusual though is the temple which houses the Buddha. The temple is barely wide enough to house the statue, leaving only a fairly narrow passageway around the Buddha. The Buddha is in the position of Parinibbana, the Decease, lying on his right side, his cheek resting on his right hand. A peculiarity of this reclining image is that the head points southwards instead of northwards, as should be the case with such images because Buddha's head pointed towards the north at Parinibbana.
How to get to Shinbinthalyaung Temple?
Shinbinthalyaung is a little to the west of the Shwesandaw pagoda. Visitors can reach the place by taxi, bicycle or horse cart. It's just 8.7km from the Nyang U Airport.
- Long, low, rectangular brick structure
- The biggest reclining image of the Buddha
- Buddha lying on his right side
- Unique architecture
- Different experience
Bagan , Myanmar
Tips for you
Have been to Bagan one time and it’s our most memorable trip. love all the temples here. Aspecially the Shinbinthalyaung one which is a long, low, rectangular brick structure. After visiting the famous Shwesandaw pagoda, take a walk to to the west to Shinbinthalyaung. There was Buddha lying on his right side, his cheek resting on his right hand. Very unique architecture. Worth a visit!