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  Ananda Phaya

 

Myanmar

The Ananda Phaya (fig.) in Bagan dates from 1105 AD. It was built in the jaturamuk style and is topped with a gilded peak. At the outermost corners of the building, as well as on the roof, are several statues of chintha.

 

Inside, there are parallel corridors that surround the edifice, each with high walls that are decorated with niches containing Buddha images in various poses and countless bas-reliefs depicting scenes from the life of the Buddha, as well as from the jataka. Here, the Great Departure (fig.) is portrayed, when Prince Siddhartha, i.e. the Buddha-to-be, sets off to commence his religious life, riding his beloved horse Kanthaka (fig.) and accompanied by his loyal servant Chandaka (fig.).

 

  Ananda Phaya

 

  Ananda Phaya

 

At the main entrance is a large lotus pedestal with two Buddhapada (fig.), i.e. giant footprints of the Buddha.

See TRAVEL PICTURES (1), (2) and (3), as well as THAILAND'S NEIGHBOURS and BEYOND.

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