- A major site of Buddhist pilgrimage, the stupa is only 7.3 meters (23.7 feet) high, built on a boulder that hangs precariously on a cliff in Mon State. According to legend, the boulder, which is covered by gold leaf, is secured to the cliff by a hair of Gotama Buddha, deposited there by a hermit. The site is associated with a legendary visit by the Buddha to Burma, and the pagoda includes the boulder in which the hair was placed, which was allegedly lifted up to the edge of the cliff by Thagya Min, king of the gods. In the Buddhist cycle of legends, the Kyaiktiyo is closely associated with the Shwe Dagon Pagoda in Rangoon (Yangon). Because of its religious importance, the State Peace and Development Council sponsored extensive renovations of the site in 2001.See also Architecture, Religious.
Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). Donald M. Seekins . 2014.
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