POWINTAUNG CAVE PAGODA

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Powintaung Cave Pagodas


Powintaung Cave Pagodas near Monywa.

Crossing the Chindwin river and motoring  14 miles (22 km) from Monywa, one can arrive at the natural rock caves of Powintaung. It comprises of three hills, the most prominent is Shwe-ba-taung.

It's great and unique; it is entirely formed out of natural rocks, thick and solid. All the pathways and vestibule chambers and Buddha images are carved out of solid rocks. According to the early inscriptions, these caves are said to be more than 700 years old.

The Pyu King Bandawa was invited by King Anawrahta (1044-77) at the consecration of Shwezigon Pagoda of Bagan. On his return, King Bandawa chose the site of Po-win-taung to build stupas and Buddha images.


  chindwin river near monywa myanmar burma
The Chindwin river nearby
  Powintaung Cave Pagodas
Powintaung Ancient Cave Pagodas near Monywa
 

It is an interesting and fascinating to witness all the image chambers are tunneled into the living rock and all the Buddha images, alters and decorative motifs inside the cave are all carved out of  it.

There are also narrow galleries varying from 15 ft to 70 ft long and 10 ft to 25 ft high. Most of them are 6 ft to 15 ft deep. The entrance of the caves is decorated with traditional Myanmar Kanot design, stylized leaves and flowers on the vine.

Apart from Shwe-ba-taung, there are two others, viz., Phan-ga-taung and Nwa-tho-taung, which are also carved out of rocks. Many of these caves are guarded by mythological lions. On top of cave stands a white-washed stupa in striking contrast to the black rock surface.

Small golden-furred monkeys can be seen scampering around as they did many centuries ago while the craftsmen are working on the site. There are few figures of monkeys peering out of the stone leaves.

Legend

This cave resort was once said to be the abode of a Zawgyi, an alchemist who possessed supernatural powers. His name was U Po Win. Since Zawgyi U Po Win achieved success in the way of alchemy, became a Zawgyi. Hence the name of the cave was called PO-WIN-TAUNG. According to Myanmar folk lore, Zawgyis are all-powerful.

They can fly, dive under water, arrive at any place within a second, cure manifold illnesses and diseases, turn base metals
into gold, relieve people from all kinds of diseases and disasters, etc. Such supernatural powers can be gained by
possessing powerful Dat-lone (philosopher’s stone) or by Thamatha Meditation by which one can attain IDDHI, similar magical

powintaung cave pagoda entrance
powintaung cave pagoda outside
powintaung cave pagoda outside
powintaung cave pagoda outside

Buddhist Monk at Powintaung
Buddhist Monk at Powintaung


people around powintaung
People around Powintaung

Buddhist cave pagodas at powintaung
Buddhist cave pagodas at Powintaung
Myanmar people travel
Myanmar people travel
Myanmar children around powintaung Powintaung Cave Pagoda

powers. It is no wonder; such a place once occupied by a Zawgyi is so wonderfully carved out of solid living rocks. It is a sight to be seen by all, both Myanmars and foreigners alike.

KYAUKKA VILLAGEk lacquer ware, called Kyaukka ware. It is quite different from that Bagan lacquer ware, Kyaukka ware is made up of broad fillers and woven to form the foundation over which lacquer is applied. It is heavier than Bagan ware and is decorated for commercial purposes. Therefore, these products are more refined and artistic than Bagan ware. all at e-books

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