Thambula Temple :
Merit of Thonlu La, queen of King Uzana (r. 1250-1254) Thambula is the name most commonly used for this temple but its true name in Bamar is Thonlu La, derived from the original Pali name Tiloka Canda Devi, Moon of the Three Worlds. The name Thonlu La is written on the stone inscription found within the temple.
It is a beautiful structure, square in plan, and set on a plinth. The stucco details are delicate and elegant. The interior walls are painted with murals, and one shows a winged Keinara bird-man with human feet instead of birds’ claws, as is more usual.
It’s located away from the big tourist sites but unfortunately you can not go to the top anymore for protection. It is an impressive temple with lots of paintings.
The Minnanthu Temples Complex (Myanmar Temples) :
Myanmar temples and pagodas are very beautiful but many are still unnamed. In country of more than 2350 temples and pagodas there’s still a lot to be researched and named, many in Minnanthu Temples Complex area are still in the form of ruins. Myanmar has had 50 kings and each of them and their families builds temples and pagodas for their ceremonial needs and believes, hence the huge amount of temples and pagodas there. Minnanthu, to the east of Bagan, is an agricultural village which specializes in the production of sesame and peanut oil. The well known temples around Minnanthu Village is Lemyethna, Sapwetin Pagoda, Thambula Temple, Sulamani Temple, Narathihapathae Hpaya, Winido Temple, Pyathetgyi Pagoda, Paya Thone Zu, Iza Gawna Pagoda, Nr. 684, etc.
Bagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar. From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom, the first kingdom that unified the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. During the kingdom’s height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of over 2,200 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day.
The Bagan Archaeological Zone is a main attraction for the country’s nascent tourism industry. It is seen by many as equal in attraction to Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
Bagan is the present-day standard Burmese pronunciation of the Burmese word Pugan, derived from Old Burmese Pukam. Its classical Pali name is Arimaddanapura. Its other names in Pali are in reference to its extreme dry zone climate: Tattadesa, and Tampadīpa. The Burmese chronicles also report other classical names of Thiri Pyissaya and Tampawaddy.
Please check the Location Map for the exact location of this temple.
More photos of temples in the Minnanthu area here.
Our group trip photos in Instagram.
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