12th century sculpture of Queen Maya in childbirth draws visitors to Bagan Museum

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Local visitors at Bagan.

A sandstone sculpture from the 12th century depicting Maya, the Buddha’s mother, amid childbirth is a captivating attraction at the Bagan Archaeological Museum in NyaungU Township, Mandalay Region.
This remarkable piece, measuring 115 cm in height, 64.5 cm in width, and 33 cm in thickness, was unearthed at the Myinkaba Gupyauknge Temple in old Bagan City. It vividly portrays Mother Maya delivering her child in Lumbini Garden, with her sister Maha Pajapati Gotami providing assistance as the infant emerges from the right side of Maya’s abdomen.
From 1 to 10 February, the Bagan Cultural Heritage Zone welcomed over 120,000 local and foreign visitors, the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism (Bagan branch) reported.
U Myo Min Aung, assistant director of the directorate, noted that Bagan has steadily increased visitors since 2022. Local tourists, in particular, are drawn to the area during peak periods such as Thingyan, Thadingyut, Tazaungdine, and the December holidays. Bagan remains a popular destination throughout the year. — ASH/NT

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