Shinbinthalyaung (1,570)

Shinbinthalyaung is a long, low, rectangular brick structure, a little to the west of the Shwesandaw Pagoda.

 
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Type of monument Single storey Cave Style
LocationWest of Shwesandaw
RegionOld Bagan
Built byUnknown
Date11th Century
Monument Number 1,570

 

Shinbinthalyaung Temple (1,570)

The Shinbinthalyaung is a long, low, rectangular brick structure, a little to the west of the Shwesandaw pagoda. The temple itself is not very distinguished, but it houses the biggest reclining image of the Buddha in Bagan, an image 60 feet long, which stylistically belongs to the 11th  century.

The Buddha is in the position of Parinibbana, the Decease, lying on his right side, his cheek resting on his right hand. A peculiarity of this reclining image is that the head points southwards instead of northwards, as should be the case with such images because Buddha’s head pointed towards the north at Parinibbana. A possible explanation for this peculiarity is that the image was made to face the Shwesandaw which is to its east.

 


Shinbinthalaung (Google Map)

Reference Books:

Glimpse of Glorious Bagan, Universities Historical Research Centre, Yangon, Myanmar, The University Press, 1996

Pictorial Guide to Pagan, Ministry of Culture, Yangon, Myanmar, The Printing and Publish Corporation, Reprint 1975

The Pagodas and Monuments of Bagan, Vol. 1, Translated by Dr Khin Maung Nyunt, Ministry of Information, Yangon, Myanmar, Graphic Training Centre (G.T.C), 1995

The Pagodas and Monuments of Bagan , Vol. 2, English Text by Dr Khin Maung Nyunt, Ministry of Information, Yangon, Myanmar, Graphic Training Centre (G.T.C), 1998

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