Mahar Myat Muni Buddha Image
The Mahar Myat Muni Buddha Image is the most revered Buddha image in Mandalay. It is also known as the Phaya Gyi. The Mahar Myat Muni Pagoda is located at the Southwest of Mandalay city. This place is well known in Mandalay. The image is completely covered with 15cm thick gold donated by locals from all over the country. The Maha Muni is said to be the biggest of the four Munis. It is the most ancient Buddha image in Myanmar. It was cast in the life-span of Lord Buddha in the seated posture of relaxed deportment, namely Bumi Phasa Mudras, symbolic of His Conquest of Mara. The 4m high-seated image is cast in bronze and weigh 6.5 tons, which it's crown is decorated with diamonds, rubies, and sapphires. Mahar Myat Muni Buddha Image was being cast in front of the Buddha himself it can say Mahar Myat Muni Buddha Image is the portrait of Buddha and the face is most revered. Every morning at 4:30AM, a team of monks washes the face and brushes the teeth. Since Myanmar Buddhists are so devout countless thousands of devotees apply gold leaf to gain merit, the image has completely covered with 15 cm thick gold and original shape is distorted.
In B.C 123, in the reign of King Sanda Thuriya, Monarch of Rakhine-Dharyawaddy, and carry the Image reverently so as to enshrine it at the present site. It took four months to carry the image reverently across the Rakhine Yoma Ranges, by inland route and by waterway a tough and rough journey indeed. The Height of the Mahar Muni Buddha Image is 8 Cubits and 1 Maik ( 3.83m ).
The altar is 2.13m high. There, 2 bronze Siamese images, 3 bronze lion images and 1 bronze three headed Ayeyawun elephants are housed and displayed in the precinct on the left side of the northern exit passage. Whoever visits Mandalay from local areas or from abroad unfailingly come and pay homage to the Mahar Muni Buddha Image.King Bodawpaya built this Pagoda in 1784 to house the Mahar Myat Muni Buddha Image brought from Rakhine State. Being the most revered Pagoda in Mandalay, the early morning ritual of washing the face of the Buddha's image, draws a daily crowd of devotees.
To be able to catch up the early morning ritual, one has to be at the pagoda by about 5 am.