October 20, 2017

The Sacred Loka Chantha Abhayalabhamuni Buddha Image, which was built of the 500-ton flawless white marble rock of high quality measuring 37 feet in length, 24 feet in width and 11 feet in thickness, being respectfully paid homage in Insein Township, Yangon Region

According to the historical records of Buddhism of Myanmar, the Buddha Images which were carved from white marble rocks have been deeply paid homage by pious Myanmar Buddhist people for time immemorial. Those white rocks were obtained from Sakyin Hill, Madaya Township, Mandalay Region in Upper Myanmar. However, by nature it is difficult and rare to obtain flawless bigger white marble rocks of size measuring more than 12 feet high and 10 feet wide.
In the year 1086 of Myanmar Era (ME), during the reign of King Innwa Tainganwe, a white marble rock measuring 13 feet and 10 inches high was obtained from Sakyin Hill, and was conveyed to Sagaing. And then, a Buddha Image was carved from it and this Buddha Image was respectfully placed inside Laykyun Manaung Pagoda in Sagaing for public obeisance. It was called Kyauktawgyi Pagoda. And again, in the year 1093 of Myanmar Era (ME), during also the reign of King Innwa Taninganwe, a big white marble rock was obtained from Sakyin Hill and conveyed to Innwa and Buddha Image of 29 feet high was carved from it. During the reign of King Taninganwe’s son of Hanthawaddy, this Buddha Image was called Lokatharaphu being paid homage inside the Okpyathat Kyaungtawgyi. It was not called Kyauktawgyi Pagoda. After that, in the year 1192 of Myanmar Era (ME), during the reign of King Bagyidaw of Konbaung Dynasty, a big white marble rock emerged and was conveyed to the capital, and a Buddha Image of 17 feet and 9 inches high was carved from it. This Buddha Image was called Mahasakyaransi being paid homage inside the Anadapon Pagoda existing at eastern part of U Pein Bridge to the east of Taungthaman Lake in Amarapura Township, Mandalay Region. It was called Kyauktawgyi Pagoda or Taungthaman Kyauktawgyi Pagoda. It was the very first Buddha Image which was called Kyauktawgyi Pagoda.
In the year 1226 of Myanmar Era (ME), during the reign of King Mindon of Konbaung Dyansty, a big white marble rock of high quality was obtained from Sakyin Hill and conveyed to Mandalay and a Buddha Image of 27 feet high was carved from it. This Buddha Image was called Mahasakkyamarazein being paid homage at the foot of Mandalay Hill. It was the second Buddha Image which was called Kyauktawgyi Pagoda. This Mandalay Hill Kyauktawgyi Pagoda was the biggest and highest white marble rock Buddha Image in the history of Buddhism of Myanmar.
Emergence of an immense flawless white marble rock
In the year 1362 of Myanmar Era (ME), 2000 CE, during the time of the Government of the State Peace and Development Council of the Union of Myanmar, an immense white marble rock which is flawless and of high quality measuring 37 feet long, 24 feet wide and 11 feet thick was found by stone sculptor U Taw Taw at Sakyin Hill, Madaya Township, Mandalay Region. U Taw Taw reported to the authorities concerned that he would like to donate this immense white marble rock to the State after being carved a Buddha Image from it. According to U Taw Taw’s kind report, at that time the Government of the State Peace and Development Council of the Union of Myanmar sent a responsible official of the State to the Sakyin Hill where the immerse white marble rock emerged. The official viewed and inspected the immense white marble rock and then he reported to the Head of the State that a scared Buddha Image significantly should be carved from this immense white marble rock for public obeisance, and also, in this regard, the necessary instructions and guidelines of the most Ven. Mahatheras were sought. According to instructions and guidelines of the most Ven. Mahatheras, the relevant tasks relating to carve the Buddha Image from white marble rock must be done in line with significant characteristic features of the Buddha and Buddhist traditions and rituals. And also, instructions and guidelines of the most Ven. Mahatheras were sought.
The sacred Loka Chantha Abhayalabhamuni Buddha Image
And now, the sacred Buddha Image called Loka Chantha Abhayalabhamuni Buddha Image has been carved from the 500-ton white marble rock of 37 feet long, 24 feet wide and 11 feet thick is being paid homage at the Sacred Mindhamma Hill, Insein Township Yangon Region. This white marble rock Buddha Image will be paid homage in the Buddhist world forever.
We all Buddhists who did meritorious deeds in our past existences have now a good chance again to contribute our meritorious deeds by making donations and paying deep homage to the this sacred Loka Chantha Abhayalabhamuni Buddha Image. We all Buddhists throughout the country are very much pleased and thankful to the previous Government of the State Peace and Development Council of the Union of Myanmar for conveying the Loka Chantha Abhayalabhamuni Buddha Image by waterway along the Ayeyawady River from Madaya Township, Mandalay Region to Insein Township, Yangon Region. The auspicious ceremony for conveying the Loka Chantha Abhayalabhamuni Buddha Image took (12) days from 24 July to 5 August 2000.
The noble task of conveyance of the 500-ton white marble rock Loka Chantha Abhayalabhamuni Buddha Image was carried out and supported by respective ministries, previous Divisional Peace and Development Councils, Township Peace and Development Councils, Ward/Village-tract Peace and Development Councils, and cash and jewels were generously donated to the Image by multifarious Buddhist people. The white marble rock Loka Chantha Abhayalabhamuni Buddha Image arrived at its destination (Insein-Gyogon Jetty) on 5 August 2000. Consequently, the auspicious ceremony for conveying the Loka Chantha Abhayalabhamuni Buddha Image to the scared Mindhamma Hill started on 6 August 2000. It was learnt that on 28 August 2000, the white marble rock Loka Chantha Abhayalabhamuni Buddha Image was conveyed onto the throne at the sacred Mindhamma Hill where it will be paid homage.
Pious Myanmar Buddhist people have got a good chance to pay homage to this sacred white marble rock Loka Chantha Abhayalabhamuni Buddha Image which emerged once during a span of over one hundred years or only after a span of two or three generations. And now we are able to pay homage to this sacred white marble rock Loka Chantha Abhayalabhamuni Buddha Image which will exist forever on the throne at the sacred Mindhamma Hill in Insein Township, Yangon Region of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

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