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Manuha Temple Bagan


Reclining Buddha Image Manuha Temple Bagan


  • The Manuha temple is situated on the right side of the road, south of Bagan in Myinkaba village. According to inscription of King Manuha it was constructed in 1067 approximately ten years after the Mon king was taken to Bagan. The temple was named after captive King Manuha’s name. Legend has it that a Mon king, Manuha built it. Anawrahta defeated and brought Manuha to Bagan as a prisoner.
  • In Bagan, the princesses, princes, queens and kings all built pagodas.
  • The Mon king Manuha arrested in Bagan also desired to construct a temple of his own. He didn’t have sufficient funds. Therefore he sold his precious Manaw Maya jewel to a trader of Myinkab to construct the extraordinary Manuha Temple.

Structure

  • The holy place is a number of repeated squares built in such a way that the lower storey is bigger than the upper storey. There is a big, 46 feet high seated image of Buddha with his right hand in contact with the earth. Two Buddha images, each of 33 feet height are on both sides of this big image. The space for devotees to sit down and pray is insufficient. Two smaller images and one big image occupy virtually whole space in the congested interior. Some people state that Manuha intentionally placed the images in congested positions to express his feelings when he was under arrest in Bagan. At the back also there is a gigantic 90 feet long Buddha image in an adjacent chamber with the head directed to the North which indicates the dying Buddha.
  • This image is also in an extremely congested place. Once visitors could ascend a small winding staircase constructed into one of the side walls and see the head of the large seated Buddha through an open hole. You can ascend to the top of this pagoda through the staircases at the gate to the reclining Buddha bedroom at the rear of the temple.
  • The central roof fell down during the earthquake of 1975 ravaging the biggest seated Buddha. It has since been renovated.
  • An outer corner of the shrine complex is devoted to Mae Wunna and her sons Min Lay and Min Gyi. Devotees of Manuha Paya rejoice a big pagoda festival between February and March, depending on the Lunar Calendar.
  • A small path leads past 2 latest sculptures of Queen Ningala Devi and her husband King Manuha to Nagayone.