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The Ananda Pahto, or Phaya, was the first of Bagan’s great temples, and remains one of the finest, most beautiful and perhaps most photographed, of all of Bagan’s architectural complexes. It is a symmetrical masterpiece of Mon architectural style and, with some North Indian influence, reflects the transition from the Early to the Middle period of Bagan architecture.

Located just to the east of the old city walls, its square-based beehive-like ‘sikhara’ crown and ‘hti’ umbrella, gilded to mark the temple’s 900th anniversary in 1990, and expansive whitewashed temple structure dominate the surrounding countryside. Paul Strachan, one of the foremost experts on the architecture of Bagan, has suggested that “none can rival the Ananda as an experience that enriches.” Heavily damaged in the devastating earthquake of 1975, it has been carefully restored.

The temple was completed during the reign of King Kyanzittha (r. 1084-1113), who reportedly was inspired by eight visiting Indian monks and their story of earlier life in the legendary Nanadamula cave in the Himalayas. The Ananda both sought to recreate a vision of this cave and reflect the endless wisdom of the Buddha.

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http://www.orientalarchitecture.com/myanmar/bagan/ananda.php
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  • Copyright: May Mah (mayjayne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 376 W: 23 N: 1134] (7380)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-10-27
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-12-17 19:13
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