Friday, 13 June 2014

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda | Golden Rock, Myanmar

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda also known as Golden Rock, Buddhist pilgrimage site in Mon State, Myanmar. It is a small pagoda (7.3 metres (24 ft)) built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by devotees. According to legend, the Golden Rock itself is precariously perched on a strand of the Buddha's hair. The balancing rock seems to defy gravity, as it perpetually appears to be on the verge of rolling down the hill. The rock and the pagoda are at the top of Mt. Kyaiktiyo. It is the third most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Burma after the Shwedagon Pagoda and the Mahamuni Pagoda. A glimpse of the "gravity defying" Golden Rock is believed to be enough of an inspiration for any person to turn to Buddhism. 

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda | Golden Rock, Myanmar
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The legend associated with the pagoda is that the Buddha, on one of his many visits, gave a strand of his hair to Taik Tha, a hermit. The hermit, who had tucked it in the tuft of his hair safely, in turn gave the strand to the king, with the wish that the hair be enshrined in a boulder shaped like the hermit's head. The king had inherited supernatural powers from his father Zawgyi, a proficient alchemist), and his mother, a naga serpent dragon princess. They found the rock at the bottom of the sea. With the help of the Thagyamin, the king of Tawadeintha Heaven in Buddhist cosmology, found the perfect place at Kyaiktiyo for locating the golden rock and built a pagoda, where the strand was enshrined. It is this strand of hair that, according to the legend, prevents the rock from tumbling down the hill. The boat, which was used to transport the rock, turned into a stone. This is also worshiped by pilgrims at a location about 300 metres (980 ft) from the golden rock. It is known as the Kyaukthanban Pagoda or stupa (literal meaning: stone boat stupa). [Wikipedia]

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda | Golden Rock, Myanmar
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Kyaiktiyo Pagoda | Golden Rock, Myanmar
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Kyaiktiyo Pagoda | Golden Rock, Myanmar
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Kyaiktiyo Pagoda | Golden Rock, Myanmar
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Monks in Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, Myanmar. June 2012.
Monks in Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, Myanmar. June 2012. Image credit Antropólogo Fidelio

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda | Golden Rock, Myanmar
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Golden Rock Pagoda Kyaiktio Myanmar Truck from Kinpun to Yatetaung bus terminal, Golden Rock Pagoda Kyaiktio Myanmar.
Golden Rock Pagoda Kyaiktio Myanmar Truck from Kinpun to Yatetaung bus terminal, Golden Rock Pagoda Kyaiktio Myanmar. Image credit Mike Wright

The Golden Rock
The Golden Rock. Image credit Hannes Rada

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda | Golden Rock, Myanmar
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"Golden rock pagoda", Burma (Myanmar).
"Golden rock pagoda", Burma (Myanmar). Image credit jomhod

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