Dhammayangyi Temple :
Dhammayangyi Temple was built during the reign of King Narathu (1167-1170). It’s the largest Buddhist temple in Bagan, Myanmar. King Narathu, who came to power by assassinating his father Alaungsithu and his elder brother. He also executed one of his wife, an Indian Princess. He probably built this temple to atone for his sins.
According to the legend after murdering his own father King Alaungsithu, King Narathu ascended the throne of Bagan and to save himself from the bad Karma of his evil doings, he built this temple. It is also said that King Narathu oversaw the construction of this temple himself and that the masons were executed if a needle could be pushed between bricks they had laid.
It was said that King Narathu was displeased by the Hindu rituals and one of them who made those rituals was his own wife an Indian princess who was the daughter of Pateikkaya so he executed her for that reasons. The princess’s father wanted to revenge the murder of his innocent daughter and sent 8 officers in the disguise of Brahmans and assassinated King Narathu in this very temple.
King Narathu himself ended up being assassinated either by the Indians (probably an act of revenge for executing his wife) during the construction of the temple according to Burmese chronicles or by the Sinhalese invaders according to the Sinhalese sources. King Narathu never completed the construction of this temple because he was assassinated.
This temple is infamous for the mysterious bricked-up inner passageways and cruel history. The locals call it “The Ghost Temple” and claim that this temple is extremely haunted, hence the inner passageways was bricked-up to prevent the evil spirit of King Narathu from leaving the temple. The inner sanctum of this temple is also filled up with debris and it’s unclear whether this is done intentionally by the workers after the Kings death as an act of revenge for his cruelty or to stabilize the dome of the temple which has now partially collapsed due to the lack of maintenance.
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