Carving process of the Maravijaya sitting marble Buddha image,
the building of religious edifices explained
The building of the Maravijaya sitting Buddha image aims to show the flourishing of Theravada Buddhism in Myanmar, to Myanmar as a focal point of Theravada Buddhism, ensure the prosperity of the State and contribute to peace and stability of the world, Leader of the Information Team of the State Administration Council Maj-Gen Zaw Min Tun explained at the press conference held in the precinct of Maravijaya Buddha Image in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday afternoon.
In his clarification, the information team leader continued to say that advice was sought from venerable members of the Sangha from the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee for carving the Buddha image and construction of religious buildings.
He underlined that the Buddha image was carved in four parts with the use of CNC technology and all carving processes were completed on 31 March 2022, including a topic on construction of 720 stone plaque chambers on which small pagodas were built.
Moreover, parts of the Buddha image were connected with each other and conveyed on the throne, he added. Furthermore, the information team leader highlighted holding the ceremony to enshrine religious objects and jewellery items donated by well-wisher people on the throne and install Unnalon holy hair as well as build Sasana Beikman.
Especially, he unveiled that a ceremony to consecrate the Maravijaya Buddha image and hoist umbrellas atop small pagodas on stone plaque chambers will take place on a grand scale on 1 August 2023, the full moon of Second Waso (Dhammacakka Day), adding that more than 70 members of the Sangha from nine countries will consecrate the Buddha image.
Maj-Gen Zaw Min Tun replied to queries raised by reporters from news agencies.
Media personnel at the press conference donated cash to the fund for construction of the Buddha image and the park to Maj-Gen Zaw Min Tun.
After the press conference, officials conducted attendees round the Maravijaya Buddha Image and the Maravijaya Buddha Park. — MNA/TTA