From the Stonemasons’ Road, it’s a stone’s throw to the magnificent Mahamuni Pagoda. It forms the religious center of Mandalay. The Buddha inside the pagoda is the most revered in Myanmar. In addition to the Golden Rock and the Shwedagon Pagoda, the Mahamuni Pagoda is one of the main pilgrimage destinations in the country.
The Mahamuni Buddha, literal meaning: The Great Sage, is the one adored in this temple and originally comes from Arakan. It is highly revered in Myanmar and is central to many people’s lives as it is seen as expressing the representation of Buddha’s life.
In adjoining halls, there are some bronze figures. These figures are war booty from the Cambodian Khmer tribe. A large teaching monastery with about 400 monks of the Thudhamma Nikaya Order is one of the many monasteries adjoining the pagoda. The temple has a central shrine and is surrounded by a sprawling lawn. The arcades that lead to the main shrine have many shops that sell religious utensils such as incense, candles, rosaries, flowers, robes, sandals, and more. The sanctuary, where the great Mahamuni image is adored, is a small chamber and has a roof consisting of seven stepped roofs. The surrounding arcades are supported by 252 gilded and carved pillars decorated with beautiful frescoes.