In is told in various stories regarding Buddha that, once upon a time he went to Dhannavati as he wanted to teach the people living there. Today the Dhannavati region is positioned at the northern region of the Rakhine province in Myanmar/Burma. The King of Dhannavati named Candra-Suriya had requested Lord Buddha to leave behind his image for the well-being of the people of the region. Later Gautam Buddha sat 7 days for meditation beneath a tree of Bodhi, at the same king Sakka, who is considered as the “king of the gods” made a full-scale figurine of Lord Buddha that was very much beautiful. Buddha was satisfied with the representation and certain to instill it with his religious spirit for a phase of 5 thousand years.
According to the very old customs, only 5 resemblance of Lord Buddha were supposed to have been finished throughout his life span: 2 were placed in India, 2 positioned in paradise, and the fifth is the Maha Muni which is also known as “Great Sage”. Archaeologists consider the illustration was almost certainly cast all through the control of King Chandra Surya, who climbed the throne in the year 146 AD, some 600 years subsequent to the time when Buddha in reality passed away. Modest is acknowledged of the Maha Muni’s whereabouts in surplus of the next 1500 years. It was robbed and also moved in the region by the variety of kings. At further times it was covered underneath a breakdown shrine in an elapsed tropical forest. The representation of Lord Buddha was brought back to Mandalay in the year 1784 by King Bodawpaya and was placed inside the specifically constructed Payagi Pagoda. From that time onwards it has been the most respected Buddha figure in entire Burma.
The height of the statue is around 3.8 m. originally, the statue was been made out of metal, today it is completely encrusted through a 2-inch chunky coat of gold leaf. A huge variety of gold leaf is been used on the Buddha statue by a variety of hands that the figure has developed an asymmetrical delineate. A large number of pilgrims visit the Maha muni every single day also a very famous festival that takes place in early February attracts a huge crowd to visit Maha muni.
In a square of the Payagi Pagoda, close to the Maha Muni, are 6 Khmer style bronze statuettes also 3 lions, accompanied by a 3-headed elephant and also 2 soldiers. The soldiers earlier stood there as the protector of Angkor Wat temple that is located in the famous city of Angkor Thom in Cambodia. The statuettes of the soldiers are supposed to have astonishing therapeutic character. Myths advise that rubbing any part of the body part to any of the statuettes will heal a suffering in the equivalent part of your individual body. When these statuettes were at first brought to the Great sage aka the temple of Maha Muni subsequent along a lengthy and roundabout voyage in the region of Southeast Asia, there was no remedial folklore connected with them.
For many years at the pagoda the statuettes were looked upon as having medicinal influence, but not anything is recognized at what time or how this fairy tale set in motion. It is mesmerizing to reproduce that the curative influence of the statuettes appears to have been produced over a period of time by the objective and way of life of the innumerable thousands of the pilgrims who visit the temple. For a few long-standing causes, ailing personnel on one occasion began rubbing the statuettes while making the desire for curing. These desires have one way or another thrilling or keyed up the statuettes with supremacy that is at the present held responsible for various thousands of incidents of astonishing curing. While most present-day scientists will make fun of such a thought, the detail of the subject is that if not unexplainable healings have certainly taken place. We can propose no additional clarification for this unbelievable experience, but bear in mind that only for the reason that conformist discipline cannot presently clarify a little does not indicate it is impracticable.
How to reach
To reach the Maha muni or Great Saga Pagoda in Myanmar you can take a direct flight and land in the Mandalay International airport. This airport handles domestic as well as international air traffic. It has a good flight network with various cities of the world. The airport was constructed in the year 1999. It is located at a distance of 35 km from the main city. You can use the shuttle service to reach the city from the airport. You can also go around the city in the prepaid or meter taxis, cars cabs etc.
When to go
The temperature of Mandalay is quite hot most of the time of the year and during the rainy season there is heavy water pouring. The most favorable time to visit Maha Muni or the Great Saga pagoda in Mandalay is during the winter seasons from the month of October up to the month of February.
The pagoda is kept open from the sunrise to sunset for the pilgrims to visits. If you don’t want to visit the pagoda with too much people around you, avoid going to The Maha Muni Pagoda on public holidays as well as on Sundays and Saturdays.
Free entry is provided to every one visiting the pagoda.