According to tradition, the Shwedagon Pagoda has existed for more than 2,500 years, making it the oldest historical pagoda in Burma and the world. According to tradition, two merchant brothers, Taphussa and Bhallika, from the land of Ramanya, met the Lord Gautama Buddha during his lifetime and received eight of the Buddha's hairs. The brothers traveled back to their homeland in Burma and, with the help of the local king, King Okkalapa of Burma, found Singuttara Hill, where relics of other Buddhas preceding Gautama Buddha had been enshrined. When the king opened the golden casket in which the brothers had carried the hairs, incredible things happened:
"There was a tumult among men and spirits ... rays emitted by the Hairs penetrated up to the heavens above and down to hell ... the blind beheld objects ... the deaf heard sounds ... the dumb spoke distinctly ... the earth quaked ... the winds of the ocean blew ... Mount Meru shook ... lightning flashed ... gems rained down until they were knee deep ... all trees of the Himalayas, though not in season, bore blossoms and fruit."
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patdeph (35744) 2012-03-24 11:14
this is a beautiful detail of this splendid pagoda, it was a great moment for me to discover it and to spend a long time inside.All this conic roofs are wonderful and give a magical look to the pagoda.
prasun984 (5590) 2012-03-24 11:56
a striking shot of the top portion of beautiful old Pagoda. Love the dappled light it gives such atmosphere and appeal. Excellent clarity and detail and I love the golden tone of the Pagoda.
npecanhuk (56368) 2012-03-26 5:32
Wonderful architectural details of that temple!
Very attractive, beautiful and interesting picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, vertical format, black & white borders and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,