Nanpaya Temple, Bagan

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  • Nanpaya Temple
    by euzkadi
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    Brahma carvings.

    by euzkadi Written Jul 8, 2010

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    This 11th century temple was built by Prince Naga Thaman in the Gu (cave) style. It was used once as a prision for King Manuha (the grand father of the prince). The interior of the temple it´s amazing, stone carving windows from the earlier Bagan period give a little light to enjoy the beautiful carvings of the four stone pillars, carved with representations of the four faced Brahma, (happily our guide had a torch).

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    DAY 2: Nanpaya Temple (best carvings)

    by hydronetta Written Jan 15, 2007

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    In the village of Myinkaba, south of Old Bagan, next to Manuha temple, there is a shrine mostly known as "Nanpaya". It was built in 11th century by King Manuha's grand-nephew, Prince Naga Thaman. It is said to have been used as Manuha's prison although there is little evidence supporting the legend but still locals call it that way. Perhaps that was due because the shrine was originally Hindu.
    The exterior is nothing impressive though it differs in style with what you might see in Bagan BUT what makes this shrine special, is that in the central sanctuary there are four stone pillars with finely carved sandstone figures of four-faced Brahma, who are holding lotus flowers, thought to be offerings to a Buddha image once situated in the shrine's centre. On the sides of the pillars one can see ogre-like heads with open mouths streaming with flowers. According to the Myanmar legend, the face of the ogre represents the guardian and eats flowers instead of meat.

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