Shwedagon Pagoda

Killing the ego accepting the shadow. — at Shwedagon Pagoda Yangoon Myanmar.

Kill the ego accepting the shadow, at Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar, August 1st 2019.

The origin of Shwedagon Pagoda materialized in Buddhist history is over 2600 years. In India, Prince Siddartha had just attained Buddahood when he was visited by two brothers Tapussa and Bhallika, merchants from Myanmar who offered a gift of honey cakes. In return, the Buddha personally removed eight hairs from his head and gave these to the two brothers for enshrinement in their native town of Okkalapa which is now the City of Yangon. On their return, the two brothers presented the Buddha’s hairs to the King of Okkalapa who erected the pagoda and enshrined the eight hairs together with the relics from previous three Buddhas. The original height of the pagoda was 66 feet. From the 14th century onward successive monarchs in Myanmar rebuilt or it until Shewadagon reached its present height of 326 feet. It has ten unique different sections, namely, the base, the three terraces called “Pyisayan” the “Khaung Laung” so called because of its bell shaped, the “Baung Yiy” with distinct embossed bands, the “Thabeik” (monk’s food bowl) the “Kya-Ian” and ornamental lotus flower, the “Hngnet Pyaw.Bu” (Banana Bud), the “Hiti” (Umbrella), the “Hngetmana”, the “Hti”, the “Hngetmana” and the “Seinu” are decorated inlaid with 3154 gold bells, 79659 diamonds and other precious stones.