A gala ceremony of growing Barringtonia acutangula plant at Mucalinda lake and erecting stone inscription plaques for Pitaka treatises in line with Sixth Buddhist Synod took place at the Buddha Park where the Maravijaya Buddha Image would be built in Dekkhinathiri Township of Nay Pyi Taw Territory yesterday morning, attended by members of the Sangha led by Presiding Nayaka of Paukmyaing Monastery in Lewe Abhidhaja Maha Rattha Guru Bhaddanta Janinda and Abbot of Maha Thihanada Monastery of Tatkon Abhidhaja Maha Rattha Guru Bhaddanta Acinna.
First, leading donor Chairman of the State Administration Council Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Secretary Lt-Gen Aung Lin Dwe, Lt-Gen Kan Myint Than, Vice-Chairman of SAC Deputy Prime Minister Vice-Senior General Soe Win, General Mya Tun Oo and Admiral Tin Aung San, Council member Mahn Nyein Maung and Union ministers U Maung Maung Ohn and U Ko Ko in groups took the designated places.
The Senior General fed fertilizer to No 1 Barringtonia acutangula plant and poured water into the sapling. Then, the Vice-Senior General and council members also grew saplings at the designated places.
The Senior General and party started erecting Pitaka stone inscription plaques. Under the leadership of Abbot of Pali Tekkatho Mingala Zeyon Monastery of Pyinmana Agga Maha Pandita Agga Maha Saddhammajotikadhaja Bhaddanta Vimala Buddhi, the Senior General and party sprinkled scented water on the stone plaques.
Senior military officers reported on the excavation of marble rocks to be carved as Maravijaya Buddha Image, conveyance of the marble rocks, carving of the image with the use of modern machinery, construction of buildings in the park, and plan to carve Pali and Romanized languages on the stone plaques under the advice of venerable monks.
In his speech related to building the image, the Senior General said that marble rocks are being carved into the Buddha image with the use of modern technology and CNC machine. Myanmar stone sculptors will finish the work. Taking a sample of Pitakat Stone Plaque Chambers from Maha Lawkamarazein Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay, efforts were made to build the Pitaka plaque chambers. It aims for the people to observe the Pitaka treatises on the stone plaques in the chambers while visiting the Buddha image.
Moreover, the Senior General continued to say that a large Sasana Beikman to accommodate 1,2000 members of the Sangha and disciples is under construction to host the religious ceremonies. Mucalinda Lake is being built under the guidance of venerable monks to finish all works in the time of the SAC. It is expected to finish the project at the end of this year. Upon completion, buildings will be constructed for Ovadacariya Sayadaws, and the publication of Tri Pitaka treatises is under management. Pitaka treatises will be inserted into mobile tablets of visitors to the pagoda. And, these treatises inserted into the mobile tablets will be sold to interested persons.
The Senior General and party viewed round completion of the rough form of the throne for Maravijaya Buddha Image, construction of the retaining walls along the creek, completion of Thudhamma Public Rest-houses, progress of Mucalinda Lake and stone inscription plaque chambers. —MNA