Chairman of the State Administration Council Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing yesterday morning inspected the progress in the construction of the Maravijaya Buddha Image in the Maravijaya Buddha Park in Dekkhinathiri Township of Nay Pyi Taw.
At the briefing hall, Lt-Gen Kan Myint Than of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army) reported on accomplishments over the instructions given by the Senior General on 5 and 22 April, the carving of the image, progress of finished works, preparing to install the Unnalun sacred hair, the expression for weight and measurement of the image in QR Code, and Quartermaster-General Lt-Gen Kyaw Swa Lin on the construction of religious edifices, water fountain square, terrace, Gandakuti chamber, Musalinda Pond, Nagayon Pagoda, Sasana Beikman, stone inscription chamber Cetis, archways and progress of works.
The Senior General inspected progress in carving the image, construction of the banner post, Gandakuti chambers, Sudhamma public rest houses, water fountain square, archways, stone inscription chamber Cetis, and Musalinda Pond and fulfilled the needs of officials.
The Maravijaya Buddha Image is being carved with the aim of showing the firm progress of Theravada Buddhism in Myanmar to the world, ensuring Myanmar is the focal point of reverencing Buddhism, shaping the State’s peace and stability and ensuring the world is peaceful and prosperous. The marble rock for the image was conveyed from Sagyin Hill in Madaya Township to Sameikkhon Port and then to Nay Pyi Taw along Mandalay-Yangon Expressway.
The part of the image combined with parts 1, 2 and 3 was lifted on the jewelled throne on 26 January 2023 and it was accomplished on 31 January. Centre places of the throne were enshrined with precious jewellery items donated by well-wishers led by the Senior General on 27 January and 10 February. Part 4 of the image was conveyed onto the throne on 11 February. Now, the carving of the image is 95 per cent complete.
Meanwhile, religious edifices are being built in Buddha Park. In accord with the advice of venerable Buddhist monks, Pitakat treatises in line with the copies in the 6th Buddha Synod are being carved on marble plaques in Pali and Romanized languages with the use of modern machinery. Moreover, arrangements are being made to print Pitakat treatises in Pali and Romanized languages to be distributed to monasteries across the world. So far, construction of the religious edifices and Buddha Park is 82 per cent completed.
At night, the stone inscription chamber Cetis, water fountain squares, terrace of the Buddha image, Suddhamma public rest houses and the entrance road are illuminated for magnificence. —MNA/TTA