Bagan | Myanmar | Myin Ka Bar

Manuha Temple Myinkaba

Southeast Asia Tour 2015

Bagan | Myanmar

30 Nov 2015 | Mon

Day 12 of 46

  • Flight | Yangon International Airport to Bagan Nyaung-U Airport
  • Nyaung-U Town | Mani Sithu Market
  • Shwezigon Pagoda Nyaung-U
  • Gubyaukgyi Temple Myinkaba
  • Bagan’s Vast Temple Plains
  • Htilominlo Temple Nyaung-U
  • Ananda Temple Bagan
  • Queen Restaurant Nyaung-U
  • The Hotel at Tharabar Gate Bagan
  • Manuha Temple Myinkaba
  • Nanpaya Temple Myinkaba
  • Lacquerware Factory Bagan
  • Thatbyinnyu Temple Bagan
  • Our First Sunset in Bagan

Manuha Temple Myinkaba

Manuha Temple Myinkaba is an ancient temple in central Myanmar, located in the town of Myinkaba near the Bagan archaeological area. It dates back to 1059-1060 CE and was built by the King Manuha during his captivity at the hands of King Anawrahta of Bagan. The temple is dedicated to Theravada Buddhism and contains three large Buddha images which represent different stages of meditation according to Theravada Buddhist tradition.

Manuha Temple Myinkaba

The center image is seated on a throne, while the other two images are standing on either side, each representing different aspects of enlightenment. The first figure is shown with closed eyes and symbolizes nirodha – complete cessation from all mental activity; whereas the second figure has opened eyes, symbolizing samadhi – a kind of fullness or non-dualistic awareness.

Manuha Temple (Burmese: မနူဟာဘုရား) is a Buddhist temple built in Myinkaba (located near Bagan), by captive Mon King Manuha in 1067, according to King Manuha’s inscriptions. It is a rectangular building of two storeys. The building contains three images of seated Buddhas and an image of Lord Buddha entering Final Nibbana. Manuha Temple is one of the oldest temples in Bagan.

About the same time Makuta, captive king of the Thaton Kingdom  (his name is now corrupted into ‘Manuha’), must have built his colossal images at Myinpagan, where he was living in captivity, a mile S. of Pagan. “Stricken with remorse”, says the Glass Palace Chronicle, “he built a colossal Buddha with legs crossed, and a dying Buddha as it were making pariniruâna; and he prayed saying ‘Whithersoever I migrate in samsâra, may I never be conquered by another!’ The temple is called Manuha to this day.

– Wikipedia Manuha Temple Myinkaba

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