Inlay Phaungdaw U Pagoda festival concludes

Annually held Phaungdaw U Pagoda of Inlay Lake in progress.  Photo: Sai Albe (Nyaung Shwe)
Annually held Phaungdaw U Pagoda of Inlay Lake in progress.  Photo: Sai Albe (Nyaung Shwe)

The 4 Buddha Images of Inlay Phaungdaw U Pagoda of Inlay Lake,Nyaung Shwe township, Southern Shan State started the tour to 21 places in Inlay Lake on the 1st Waxing of Thadingyut and on 3rd Waning of Thadingyut the Buddha Images returned to their original residing Nanhu Yadana abode from Yetha village. The ceremony of Buddha Images entering the Nanhu Yadana residing abode was celebrated at the entrance gate to Nanhu Yadana residing abode at 9am of 8 September.
In the ceremony the 1st Buddha Image was carried by Chief Minister of the State Dr Lin Htut and State Ministers, the 2nd Image by Commander of Eastern Command Maj-Gen Win Min Tun and other military officials, the 3rd Image by Minister for Bamar Ethnic Affairs of Shan State Government, Dr Aung Than Maung and State level department officials, the 4th Image by Minister for Intha Ethnic Affairs, Dr Htun Hlaing and Hluttaw representatives to the Yadana residing abode and offered rice, flowers and drinking water to the monks.
Afterwards, the Chief Minister and the guests paid homage to State Ovadacariya Bhaddanta Veponla Bhivuntha and sanghas and offered offertories followed by libation ceremony.
Then, Intha traditional boat race including single-oared men event, 26-oared women event, 46 oared event and over hundred-oared event were held as part of the ceremony and the winners were awarded prizes by Chief Minister, Dr Lin Htut, Commander Maj-Gen Win Min Tun and responsible personnel.—Sai Albe (Nyaung Shwe)DSC07050

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