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  Sin Myar Shin Pagoda

 

Myanmar

The Sin Myar Shin Pagoda in Sagaing, which originally was named Yadana Zedi, was built in 792 AD by King Mohnyin of Inwa.

 

The stupa is said to enshrine five relics that were brought back from Sri Lanka by two Buddhist monks. The platform onto which it is built is surrounded by a gallery of White Elephants (fig.).

 

  Sin Myar Shin Pagoda

 

  Sin Myar Shin Pagoda

 

The outer edge of the compound is lined with statues of monks out on alms round, while the garden also features a pahng nahg prok image (fig.).

 

At the beginning of this row of monks is a standing Buddha image holding an alms bowl (fig.), while in his front are Sumedha (fig.), i.e. a former incarnation of Siddhartha Gautama, who is here represented as a Burmese hermit or tapathi (fig.) laying flat on his belly in worship of Dipankhara (fig.), and offering some of the lotuses given to him by Sumidha, who is here sitting besides him, after having pledged to her that they would become husband and wife in all their future existences.

See TRAVEL PHOTOS (1) and (2), and THAILAND'S NEIGHBOURS & BEYOND.

2153'10.5"N 9558'43.0"E

 

  Sin Myar Shin Pagoda