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April 02, 2020

Let us pay deep homage to the Sacred Uppatasanti (Protection against Calamity) pagoda (Cetiya) of 325 feet in height, the Replica of the most famous Shwedagon Pagoda in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar

We all Buddhists take great awareness that the Omniscient Buddha Himself made a vow (resolution) before His Parinibbana (noble demise).
The vow says, “After My Parinibbana all my scared relics should not be in one and should be parted in various pieces and propagated in different parts for all beings in the universe to be able to attain the stage of the Nibbana”.
During the lifetime of the Omniscient Buddha and after the noble demise (Parinibbana) of the Omniscient Buddha, the four kinds of pagoda (Cetiya) were greatly built by Buddhist peoples and Buddhist communities across the world dedicating to the Nine Supreme Attributes of the Omniscient Buddha. The four kinds of pagodas (Cetiya) are as follows:-
(1)    Dhatu Cetiya (Pagoda) in which the sacred relics of the Omniscient Buddha are enshrined.
(2)    Dhamma Cetiya (Pagoda) in which scriptures and inscriptions of the Omniscient Buddha are enshrined.
(3)    Oddissa Cetiya (Pagoda) in which Buddha Images and Statues are enshrined.
(4)    Pariboga Cetiya (Pagoda) in which materials and objects used by the Omniscient Buddha are enshrined.
The world Buddhist communities firmly recognize that the Republic of the Union of Myanmar is a leading Theravada Buddhist nation in the Buddhist world. According to the historical records of Buddhism, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has been a genuine Theravada Buddhist nation for thousands of years and over 90 percent of the whole population of the Pepublic of the Union of Myanmar have taken faith in genuine Theravada Buddhism since then.
According to the historical records of Myanmar, the successive Myanmar Kings and governments of Myanmar significantly encouraged and supported for carrying out the noble task of the purification, perpetuation and propagation of the Buddha Sasana (the noble teachings of the Omniscient Buddha) throughout the country and they themselves built pagodas, monasteries, temples and other religious edifices dedicating to promotion and propagation of the Buddha Sasana. The successive Kings of Myanmar devoutly and deeply took faith in the genuine Theravada Buddhism. For instance, His Majesty King Anarawhta who firstly founded a strong and stable Kingdom of Myanmar vividly implemented the noble task of the purification, perpetuation, propagation and promotion of the genuine Theravada Sasana with great assistance of the Most Ven. Shin Arahan from Suvannabonmi (Thaton). Furthermore, His Majesty King Anawrahta built a large number of pagodas, monasteries, temples and other religious buildings not only in Bagan, the capital of Myanmar Kingdom at that time but also throughout the Kingdom. Multifarious Buddhist people across the Kingdom carried out the noble task of promotion and flourishing of the Buddha Sasana (Teachings of the Omniscient Buddha) under the prudent guidance and supervision of members of Sangha Order and His Majesty King Anawrahta.
And also now, we all Buddhists throughout the Republic of the Union of Myanmar take awareness that the newly-built sacred Uppatasanti (protection against calamity) Pagoda (Cetiya) of 325 feet in height, the Replica of the most ancient famous Shwedagon Pagoda which was built during the lifetime of the Omniscient Buddha in 103 Great Era, over 2558 years ago, is being paid homage in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
The great grand auspicious stake driving ceremony for construction of the sacred Uppatasanti Pagoda was held in Nay Pyi Taw on 12 November 2006. Under the prudent and effective guidance and supervision of the members of the State Ovadacariya (Patron) Committee of the Sangha and the State Sanghamahanayaka Committee of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and heads of the State, the successful construction of the sacred Uppatasanti Pagoda was completed in 2009. It took only about three years.
The auspicious Ceremony of hosting the sacred golden umbrella (Shwetidaw) atop the Uppatasanti Pagoda.
In accordance with Buddhist traditions and ritual rites, the auspicious ceremony for Upper enshrinement of religious objects and hoisting the sacred golden umbrella (Shwehtidaw) atop the pagoda was grandly held on 7th March 2009, the auspicious ceremony for hoisting the Diamond Orb and the Vane atop the sacred golden umbrella (Shwehtidaw) of the pagoda was held on 8th March 2009 and the auspicious ceremony for offering the golden lotus robe, the emerald bowl and the consecration of the pagoda on 9th March 2009 respectively.
All Buddhist people, well-wishers and donors throughout the country were cordially invited to attend these auspicious ceremonies in order to pay deep homage to the newly-build Uppatasanti Pagoda in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
Paying homage to the newly-built Uppatasanti Pagoda, the Replica of the most famous Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, will be like just paying homage to the most famous Shwedagon Pagoda which was built in the lifetime of the Omniscient Buddha in 103 Great Era (589 BC) over 2558 years ago.

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