Bagan temples: Manuha and Nanpaya
by michaelasanda *, travel at home on Jan 03, 2014
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At the southern end of Myinkaba village is the Manuha Temple complex. When in 1057 King Anawrahta returned victorious to Bagan, it was here that the captive King Manuha was brought to live. By 1059 Manuha had built himself this two-story square white temple and through it conveyed a melancholy message. The three Buddha images are uncomfortably large for their enclosure, thus illustrating his captivity and mental stress. The facial expressions of the seated images are grim. That of the one reclining Buddha, on the other hand, is smiling and serene. He faces north and is therefore on the verge of Nirvana and release from the transitory world.
Nanpaya means Kings Temple and there are several unusual elements in the composition of this 1059 built structure. Each pillar of the interior is decorated on four sides with reliefs of a three headed Brahma. These reliefs are characterized by soft modeling of plastic forms, beauty of the lines and grace of movement.
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