February 09, 2017

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Devotees prohibited from applying gold leaves outside Alaungdaw Kathapha

A relcining Buddha image in Alaungdaw Kathapha Cave at Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park. Photo: Tun Ko Ko (Yinmarbin)
A relcining Buddha image in Alaungdaw Kathapha Cave at Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park. Photo: Tun Ko Ko (Yinmarbin)

THE BOARD of Trustees of Alaungdaw Kathapha Cave has prohibited the applying of gold leaves on the statute of Alaungdaw Kathapha and outside the cave.
The decision came about at the meeting of the Members of the Sangha from four townships in Yinmarbin District on Tuesday.
The members also discussed the measures to be taken for the cleaning of the cave and supplying power to the cave and road.
There is at the cave a reclining figure called the Maha Kathapa or Maha Kassapa, one of Buddha’s saintly disciples, and it is believed that his remains are kept under the shrine.
The Alaungdaw Kathapha national park has an area of 1,605 square kilometers making it the largest national park in Myanmar. The park consists of the Patolon Reserve Forest and the adjoining Taungdwin Reserve Forest.— Tun Ko Ko (Yinmarbin)

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