Maravijaya Buddha image combined with parts 1, 2 and 3 lifted up to 90°

Members of the Sangha led by Chairman of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee Mandalay’s Bhamo Monastery Abbot Abhidhaja Maha Rattha Guru Abhidhaja Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotika Dr Bhaddanta Kumara Bhivamsa and Chamcellor of Sitagu International Buddhist Academies Abhidhaja Maha Rattha Guru Abhidhaja Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotika Maha Dhamma Kathika Bahujanahitadhara Shwegyin Nikaya Chairman Shwegyin Sangharaja Sitagu Sayadaw Dr Bhaddanta Nyanissara together with well-wishers led by leading donor State Administration Council Chairman Prime Minister Senior General Min Maung Hlaing attended the ceremony at which the Maravijaya Buddha image was lifted up to be placed on the jewelled throne in Buddha Park in Dekkhinathiri Township of Nay Pyi Taw Union Territory on the morning of 26 January.
The process of lifting up the Buddua image combined with parts 1, 2 and 3 to be placed on the jewelled throne is using a steel tower crane starting from 8:10 am on 26 January. The image was lifted up to 26° as well as the 31 feet high position from the reclining position on 26 January, 51° as well as the 52 feet high position on 27 January, 68° as well as the 63 feet high position on 28 January and 90° as well as the 75.5 feet high position at 9 am on 29 January. The whole lifting up process took 72 hours and 50 minutes.
Four parts of the Buddha image was carved with the use of CNC machine, and combination of parts 1, 2 and 3 have been completed. The lifting up of the image and conveyance of the image onto the jeweled throne continue.
Those from Myanmar Engineering Council and military engineers took seven months in building a steel tower installed with eight cranes to lift up the image to be placed onto the throne after combining the carved parts of the image and building a steel basket for conveying the image to avoid damage, using some 3,800 tonnes of iron wares.
Although those Myanmar engineers did not have technology and experiences in lifting up the large and heavy mass before, they applied their work experiences to do so with utmost efforts after creating the designs and checking the work process with the use of modern technologies in building the Maravijaya Buddha image.
It was reported that eight cranes from the steel tower continue lifting the steel basket carrying the Buddha image combined with three parts and the image weighing 2,367.5 tonnes and it will contune work process in procedures. All the construction tasks and lifting tasks aim to enable the people to peacefully pay homage to the Buddha image, take meditation and view Tri Pitakat treatises preached by the Lord Buddha. —MNA/TTA

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