One of the oldest temples in the Bagan region, the unusual Manuha Temple features three enormous Buddha statues, crammed into small rooms inside the impressive structure. The temple was reputedly built by the imprisoned King Manuha, who was allowed to build it in 1059, and constructed these large effigies trapped internally as a way of conveying his plight. Climb to the top of the central gold-leafed pagoda, where you can see the largest sitting Buddha; his face, which appears grim when viewed below, takes on a contented expression with the changed aspect. Work out when and for how long to visit Manuha Temple and other Bagan attractions using our handy Bagan travel route planning tool.
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Manuha Temple was built by King Manuha, mon of Thahton. It was built in the 11th century under King Anawrahta. Mon King Manuha had to live under house-arrest in Bagan. Bagan King did not kill Mon... more »
Set in the heart of the market,it's a real busy one, but there is a good buzz about the place and the temple is another good one to see. more »
In addition to the large reclining Buddha, there is a seated Buddha in the temple, who is attributed the property of changing the expression on his face as he approaches. more »
This temple that appears somewhat pyramidal is just big enough for the three huge statues of Buddha in a sitting position, and one of a recumbent Buddha. There is a huge pot in front, reminding one of the alms seeking bowl of monks . Devotees climb up a small ladder and drop their offerings in the form of money in it. Other kinds of offering, namely rice etc. are placed in front of this bowl. When it was learnt that the king Manuha , who constructed this temple, made it in such a cramped style as a representation of his own travails in captivity, one could not but wonder whether he constructed it out of devotion, or out of vengeance.
One of most famous Temple in Pagan. It was build by King Manuha (Mon's King). Prompt strange design is huge Buddha Image is not match with this temple size. When you visit there, sure get suffocate feeling it is reflect/ come from King Manuha who was in Jail when this pagoda's construction time.
This Pagoda Expresses emotion of a prisoner who was a king.
The pagoda or temple that I most wanted to visit. When I get there (in December 2018), the temple was under repair and it's a nice place to visit as I have ever thought. Hopefully this temple would be kept and maintained for long term as an acient heritage like other Pagoda & Temple in Bagan.
The Manuha temple is a rectangular, whitewashed building. The top storey which is much smaller than the lower one is topped with a large multi tiered hti, a spire shaped like a ceremonial umbrella. The edges of both first and second storey are adorned with several smaller hti’s. The building is oriented towards the East. At the center is a portico with the main entrance protruding out of the structure leading to the room that contains the largest sitting Buddha image. Two smaller entrances on either side of the portico lead to the rooms enshrining the smaller images. A number of narrow steps and a narrow door lead towards the room of the reclining Buddha in the back of the structure. Near the back is a stairway to the top of the temple; a window allows a view of one of the huge seated images from above. During the 1975 earthquake part of the roof collapsed damaging the central image, which has been restored since. The stone inscription found at the temple tells the storey of the Manuha temple and the Buddha images enshrined in it. Anawrahta, King of Bagan wanted to further Buddhism in his empire. He requested Manuha, King of the Mon Kingdom Thaton a copy of the Tripitaka, the Buddhist teachings. After Manuha refused, King Anawrahta invaded Thaton in 1057. King Manuha was captured, taken back to Bagan and imprisoned. Also captured were thousands of Mon artisans and craftsmen, that played an important role in the building of countless temples in Bagan during the next decades. After having spend 10 years in captivity, Manuha wanted to gain religious merit as he wanted to attain Nirvana. He also wished that during the cycle of rebirths (Samsara), he would never be conquered by enemies and had to live in captivity again. He therefore request Anawrahta permission to build a temple. Since the captured King did not have the money to build a temple, he sold a precious jewel to a rich Myinkaba merchant for six cart loads of fine silver. The King used the silver to pay for the construction of a large image of the Buddha, in which Buddhist relics were enshrined. Later he had three more images build. After the completion of the four images, the temple was built around them. The rooms are barely large enough to contain the four images; It is believed that Manuha wanted to express his frustration about his captivity. A recent Burmese style building next to the temple contains statues of King Manuha and his Queen as well as an enormous alms bowl with a ladder in front of it. On a pole next to the temple rests a legendary Hamsa bird. A section of a hall contains very colorful images of three of Burma’s most venerated Nats, Mai Wunna and her two sons, who live on Mount Popa, about 50 kilometers from Bagan. The Nats are ancient spirits that have been worshipped in Burma even before the arrival of Buddhism. Near the temple is a small chedi topped with a hti.
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