August 19, 2016

Eindawya pagoda to be renovated

DSC_0817-72THE Eindawya pagoda, an ancient pagoda located in the village of Nga Ta Yaw in Yezagyo township, Magwe Region, will be renovated by the Office of the Commander-in-Chief(Army), said Tampawady U Win Maung, an archaeologist.
The pagoda is believed to have been consecrated by King Bayint Naung, founder of the Second Myanmar Proper Kingdom in Myanmar Era 917. Evidences suggest that the site was consecrated upon the king’s return to his native land after defeating an enemy force in Ava.  I was offered the chance to renovate the pagoda. The size of the bricks and the way the bricks are laid indicate that they belong to the Hanthawady Period, said U Win Maung.
“The alphabets inscribed in the bricks are quite similar to those inscribed in the pillars of King Bayint Naung’s Palace. This is part of the proof that this pagoda was built by King Bayint Naung,” he added.
Lt- Gen Tun Tun Naung from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army) and group visited the village and met with local elders and departmental officials to discuss the renovation project.
There are altogether nine pagodas in the village. However, not all of the donors who began the construction of the temples are known. As for Eindawya pagoda, experts claim that it can be quite certainly said to have been built by King Bayint Naung as there are documental evidences as well as oral history detailing the construction handed down from generation to generation in the region.—Aung Thant Khaing


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