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Curving ceremony for Pitaka treatise stone inscription held at Mara Vijaya Buddha Park

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State Administration Council Chairman Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing sprinkles the Paritta scented water upon the Pitaka treatise stone inscription at Mara Vijaya Buddha Park in Nay Pyi Taw on 14 May 2022.

The ceremony of curving Tri Pitaka treatises on stone slabs was organized at Mara Vijaya Buddha Park in Dekkhinathiri Township of Nay Pyi Taw Union Territorial Area yester- day.
The ceremony was graced by Sayadaws led by Chairman of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee Abbot of Bhamo Monastery Abhidhaja Maha Rattha Guru Abhidhaja Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotika Dr Bhaddanta Kumara Bhivamsa, Shwegyin Nikaya Upa Chairman Chancellor of Sitagu World Buddhist Academies Abhidhaja Maha Rattha Guru Abhidhaja Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotika Maha Dhammakathika Bahujana Hitadhara Sitagu Sayadaw Dr Bhaddanta Nyanissara, Presiding Nayaka of Paukmyaing Monastery in Lewe Abhidhaja Maha Rattha Guru Bhaddanta Janinda, Abhidhaja Maha Rattha Guru Bhaddanta Acinna of Maha Thihanada Monastery in Tatkon, Chairman of the State Administration Council Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Vice-Chairman of SAC Deputy Prime Minister Vice-Senior General Soe Win, council members, Union-level officials and Commander of Nay Pyi Taw Command.
First, they opened the ceremony by reciting Namotasa three times and listened to Dhamma Gatha of Kason full moon day from Sitagu Sayadaw.
The Sayadaws recited Buddha Gathas while the Senior General and attendees recited Yadana Tatta Gatha and Thabbha Singahaka Gatha.
Then, Bhamo Sayadaw and Sitagu Sayadaw pressed the buttons to inaugurate the machines that will curve the Pitaka stone inscriptions.
The Senior General pressed the buttons of machines to curve the Pitaka stone inscriptions and sprinkled the scented water on them.
Then, the Sayadaws, Senior General and participants viewed the curving processes of stone inscriptions using modern machinery.
The Senior General reported on the completion of Part 1, 2, 3 and 4 of Buddha Image and Buddha Park construction to Bhamo Sayadaw and Sitagu Sayadaw and sought advice from the Sayadaws.
The event was concluded after the Senior General successfully marked the event with the grand ceremonial gold and silver confetti. The stone inscriptions on 729 stone plaques have been recognized as the UNESCO’s world heritage site in 2013 as well as the world’s largest book on the World Guinness Record. The central stone plaque chamber will be 21 feet long, 21 feet wide and 27 feet high. The other stone plaque chambers will be 12 feet long, 12 feet wide and 18 feet high and the stone plaque, 45 inches long, 75 inches high and 7.2 inches thick.
Upon completion, the stone plaques will be kept in the face-to-face direction of the Mara Vijaya Buddha Image as they bear the teachings of the Lord Buddha. Arrangements are being made for pilgrims and people not only to pay homage to the Mara Vijaya Buddha Image but also to observe Tri Pitaka treatises, Attha Katha and Tika treatises in the stone plaque chambers at the same time. The Tri Pitaka treatises will be published in Pali and Romanized languages using modern machines.—MNA

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