Auspicious Ceremony to Convey Maravijaya Buddha Image onto Jewelled Throne Held

An auspicious ceremony to convey the Maravijaya Buddha image being carved for public obeisance in Buddha Park onto a jewelled (Yadana) throne took place in the precinct of Buddha Park in Dekkhinathiri Township of Nay Pyi Taw Union Territory on 26 January.

During the ceremony, the members of the Sangha, leading donor Chairman of State Administration Council (SAC) Prime Minister and party sprinkled scented water on the jewelled throne, the steel shelf for the jewelled throne, the steel flower basket in which the Buddha image is kept, and four steel gantry cranes which will lift the Buddha image.

At the auspicious time, the leading donor Chairman of the SAC Prime Minister pressed the button to convey the Maravijaya Buddha image onto the jewelled throne with the use of heavy machinery. The throne is 18 feet high, 72 feet long and 54 feet wide, and the Buddha image combined with parts 1, 2 and 3 weighed 1,700 tonnes in total. It was reported that it will take about 72 hours for the gantry crane to complete the task of putting the entire large part of the Image on the throne.

Then, the Chairman of the SAC Prime Minister and wife performed rituals of golden and silver showers in commemoration of successful completion of the gala ceremony to convey the Maravijaya Buddha image onto the jewelled throne. At the briefing hall, the Senior General and party sought words of advice from members of the Sangha led by the Bhamo Sayadaw and the Sitagu Sayadaw on carving the Buddha image, constructing religious edifices in the Buddha park, and arranging to print Pitaka treatises in Pali and Romanized languages. They then viewed round progress in the construction of the Park, and the Senior General supplicated the facts that Sayadaws wanted to know and sought words of advice.

In carving the “Maravijaya” Buddha Image:

  • The Buddha image was carved with four objectives to show the firm flourishing of Theravada Buddhism of Myanmar to the world, to ensure peace and stability of the State, to develop the region with visits of local and international travellers to the Buddha image, and contribute to the development of the State.
  • Then, the marble rock was carried from Sagyin Hill in Madaya Township to Sameikkhon jetty in shipping. Afterwards, it was conveyed to Nay Pyi Taw by modular trailer along the Mandalay-Yangon expressway amid difficulties.
  • For the time being, construction tasks are being carried out for a Sasana Beikman to accommodate 1,200 members of the Sangha and congregation at religious ceremonies and other religious edifices in the Buddha Park.
  • In accord with the guidance of venerable Sayadaws, Pitaka treatises in line with the version adopted by the Sixth Buddhist Synod are being carved on the marble plaques in Pali and Romanized languages with the use of modern machinery in order to keep the stone plaques.
  • The already-carved inscriptions on Tri Pitakat, Atthakahta and Tika treatises were posted in front of the Buddha image. Arrangements are being made for pilgrims to view the Atthakahta and Tika treatises of the Tri Pitakat treatises in the stone inscription chamber.
  • Moreover, a plan is underway to print the Pitakat treatises in Pali and Romanized languages to be distributed to monasteries across the world.
  • The ceremony to enshrine religious objects into the reliquary in the centre of the jewelled throne of the Buddha image will be held at 8 am on 27 January.

Also present at the auspicious ceremony were members of the Sangha led by Chairman of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee Mandalay’s Bhamo Monastery’s Abbot Sayadaw, and Chancellor of Sitagu International Buddhist Academies Shwegyin Nikaya Chairman Shwegyin Sangharaja Sitagu Sayadaw, Chairman of the SAC Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and wife Daw Kyu Kyu Hla, Vice-Chairman of the SAC Deputy Prime Minister Vice-Senior General Soe Win and wife Daw Than Than Nwe, council members and their wives, Union Ministers, the chairman of Nay Pyi Taw Council, senior military officers from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief and their wives, and invited guests.

Source: GNLM (27.1.2023)

  • At the auspicious time, the leading donor Chairman of the SAC Prime Minister pressed the button to convey the Maravijaya Buddha image onto the jewelled throne with the use of heavy machinery.
  • The throne is 18 feet high, 72 feet long and 54 feet wide, and the Buddha image combined with parts 1, 2 and 3 weighed 1,700 tonnes in total. It will be conveyed onto the throne with the use of heavy machinery.
  • The “Maravijaya” Buddha image was carved with four objectives to show the firm flourishing of Theravada Buddhism of Myanmar to the world, to ensure peace and stability of the State, to develop the region with visits of local and international travellers to the Buddha image, and contribute to the development of the State.
  • The construction tasks are being carried out for a Sasana Beikman to accommodate 1,200 members of the Sangha and congregation at religious ceremonies and other religious edifices in the Buddha Park.
  • A plan is underway to print the Pitakat treatises in Pali and Romanized languages to be distributed to monasteries across the world.
  • The ceremony to enshrine religious objects into the reliquary in the centre of the jewelled throne of the Buddha image will be held at 8 am on 27 January.
engdate: 
Sunday, January 29, 2023 - 10:00
month: 
January, 2023