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Mahamuni Buddha Temple (Mahar Myat Mu ‘Ne’ Pagoda) – မဟာမုနိဘုရားကြီး, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

By on March 21, 2017 in Myanmar/Burma

The next stop on my “Mandalay taxi tour” was the Mahamuni Buddha Temple (Mahar Myat Mu ‘Ne’ Pagoda) – မဟာမုနိဘုရားကြီး. Just as the taxi pulled up outside the temple an amazing display of carts pulled by white cows went by. These carts were all part of the ongoing ceremonies for new nuns and monks that were entering the monasteries and nunneries.

The carts were stunning. However, I do question the use of cows to pull them as they seemed reluctant to take driving instruction from anyone.

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Carts leaving the Mahamuni Buddha Temple

Carts leaving the Mahamuni Buddha Temple

Carts leaving the Mahamuni Buddha Temple

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mahamuni buddha temple

The Mahamuni Buddha Temple (Mahar Myat Mu ‘Ne’ Pagoda) – မဟာမုနိဘုရားကြီး was stunning.

There was the usual highly elaborate and decorated main entrance. Just inside of which was a locker for storing your shoes (no shoes can be worn into the temple complex).

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Main entrance to the temple

mahamuni buddha temple Young monks leaving their shoes at the lockers

Young monks leaving their shoes at the lockers

After you leave the lockers and head towards the main temple complex you pass some shops and stalls selling statues, tourist trinkets, and offerings.

mahamuni buddha temple Main corridor to the temple complex

Main corridor to the temple complex

The interior of the temple was amazing. I never cease to be surprised and delighted by the artistry and beauty of the temples of Myanmar (Burma). They are truly works of art.

mahamuni buddha temple - The entrance to the temple

The entrance to the temple

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When I was visiting the temple a number of local children were being prepared to become monks and nuns. This is a very common ceremony across Myanmar (Burma) where as part of Buddhism all followers have to spend some period of time being a monk or nun. In some cases this may only be a week or two, in other cases, it may be until the age of 16 or 18 as being a monk or nun means that you get a free education.

Before the children enter the monasteries and nunneries there are a number of ceremonies, and also a big party to which family members and neighbours will be invited.

The outfits worn by the “monks and nuns in waiting” are very elaborate and beautiful.

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The parade of young monks and nuns

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mahamuni buddha temple

mahamuni buddha temple

Besides the procession of “monks and nuns in waiting” there are also other worshippers at the temple.

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Worshippers at prayer

mahamuni buddha temple - Washing the statues

Washing the statues

mahamuni buddha temple Men only

Men only

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mahamuni buddha temple Rub the elephant head for good luck

Rub the elephant head for good luck

mahamuni buddha temple Rub the stomach for good luck

Rub the stomach for good luck

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mahamuni buddha temple Birds nesting in the roof space

Birds nesting in the roof space

It was a great visit to the Mahamuni Buddha Temple (Mahar Myat Mu ‘Ne’ Pagoda) – မဟာမုနိဘုရားကြီး. I was delighted to see all the “monks and nuns in waiting” process in their finery and it was also very nice to explore the interior of the temple and admire the craftsmanship of the construction.

Mahamuni Buddha Temple (Mahar Myat Mu ‘Ne’ Pagoda) – မဟာမုနိဘုရားကြီး maybe a little off the beaten path, but it is certainly worth a visit if you would like to experience and see a Buddhist temple in Mandalay, Myanmar.

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