Arranged at the south-western shore of Lake Decorate, additionally called Inle Lake (Shan State, Burma) with its drifting business sector and the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Ywama is a fundamental visitor site and visiting it is dependably a fascinating and significant undertaking. Be that as it may, Ywama is taking care of business amid the Burmese month of Thadingyut (September/October) when the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Celebration is held.
On the off chance that you need to visit the lake and Ywama as of now you should book your adventure well ahead. This is a guidance that ought to be paid attention to very as you will generally scarcely discover a spot to remain. Everything will be completely reserved and even essential facilities in cloisters will be packed.
A considerable lot of the guests are local people who gone ahead a journey from everywhere throughout the nation to pick up benefits and to guarantee great wellbeing and success in this life as well as life following death by paying respect to the five brilliant Buddha statues the Phaung Daw Oo pagoda is lodging.
I have recently said Buddha statues yet it doesn’t appear to be very certain whether these statues are as certain sources state all pictures of the Gautama Buddha or – as others state – two of them are pictures of the Buddha and the other three pictures of his followers. At any rate, the numerous centimeters thick layers of gold leaves cushioned on the statues by lovers (just men are permitted to put gold leaves on the statues) have after some time changed the once a lot littler and unquestionably delightfully framed pictures into stout chunks of gold that don’t permit any end with respect to who will be who and what. Every one of the five are exceedingly worshiped and just once a year are four of them taken on board an impersonation of an ‘Imperial scow’. In antiquated occasions the scows were invited by rulers and Sawbaws when they came to Nyaung Shwe, the biggest town at and door to the Decorate Lake, however this is history. The rulers or Sawbaws have a place with the past yet the imperial scows are restored each year in the entirety of their pageantry and brilliance as the focal piece of a vast armada of many different flatboats and littler and bigger vessels. These are escorting the pictures in a 18-days in length parade close by the Trim Lake where the pictures visit the religious communities of the ten biggest settlements on and at the lake. For one night they are brought into the primary cloisters of these towns so as to bring endowments and good karma for the year ahead to the towns and their occupants.
The stylized ‘Regal freight boat’ conveying the pictures is – just as alternate scows – given the presence of a Karaweik, the regal fledgling mount of Vishnu (Sanskrit for ‘Garuda’) by putting a tremendous, ‘feathered’ brilliant picture of a Karaweik’s front part (head with bill, neck, bosom and wings) on the regal canal boat’s fore and the similarly brilliant last part on its stern. Upon the inside piece of the freight ship (the Karaweik’s back, in a manner of speaking) is raised a royal residence like, brilliant structure that houses the four valuable pictures and offers enough space for religious dignitaries and priests, big names, the security faculty guarding them just as other traveler of the scow. Furthermore the flatboats are beautified with countless (white umbrellas) and ‘Htishwes’ (brilliant umbrellas).
On the off chance that you have perused appropriately you may now inquire as to why just four of the five statues are put on board the illustrious freight ship to be dispatched around the lake. All things considered, here is the appropriate response. As, once more, legend has it at first every one of the five statues were sent around the ‘Decorate’. Be that as it may, amid one of the parades the freight boat conveying the statues upset and the pictures sank to the lake’s floor. Everything except one could be rescued over the span of the quickly begun salvage activity. At the point when the four rescued statues were taken back to the pagoda the fifth one that couldn’t be rescued had as of now supernaturally re-showed up stopped wet and hung with weed on its place in the pagoda. As far back as this happened this specific statue is left back in the pagoda as a gatekeeper while the other four are send on the beautiful and bubbly parade.
While the historical backdrop of the Phaung Daw Oo pagoda is – with at this composition just barely around sixty years – a short one, the narrative of the five brilliant pictures returns to the center of the twelfth century. It starts as legend has it with the Agnostic Ruler Alaungsithu who ruled from 1112 A.D to 1167 A.D. He was the grandson of his antecedent Ruler Kyanzittha who ruled from 1084 A.D. to 1112 A.D. what’s more, is likewise known by the names Cansu I and Rhuykudayaka. Ruler Alaungsithu had the five statues covered up in a cavern holy place close to the Trim Lake when he came back to Agnostic from one of his voyages. In this cavern they were later rather inadvertently found lastly given their new home; the Phaung Daw Oo pagoda. Endless supply of the pictures toward the finish of the parade on the last – eighteenth – day of Thadingyut, the finish of the Buddhist loaned, the watercraft races that have like the celebration turned into a piece of the Decorate Lake’s economy start.
The Intha have enthusiastically anticipated the races. The groups, chiefly rowers (yet additionally ‘oarswomen’), are the best of their individual town or town. They have eagerly and furiously rehearsed in the days preceding their race so as to end up triumphant and convey acclaim to their home town/town and themselves. Congestion not just goes for the lodgings and religious communities close by the lake amid the celebration yet in addition for a decent vantage point on the lake or its shore to watch the vessel races occurring inside the structure of the paddling watercraft rivalry for which reason one must be here, in all respects early, for example with the first, faintest indications of dawn. The paddling watercraft rivalry is isolated into two classes, ladies and men, who thusly are separated into various pontoon classifications (bigger and littler vessels) just as into leg and arm-paddling disciplines.
The ‘Trim Lake Watercraft Races’ are genuinely an energizing occasion and the profoundly engaging and upbeat piece of the generally rather genuine religious issues of the pagoda celebration and the parade of the statues. The most breathtaking of the paddling watercraft disciplines – the lord’s order, so to state – is unquestionably the men’s long vessel leg-paddling. Envision, thirty, forty and more men happily wearing the conventional Intha outfit remaining in a couple of tight lines one not far behind and close to one another in their exceptionally little and long kayak, leg-paddling – paddles flurrying and water sprinkling – damnation for-calfskin in the endeavor to exceed their rivals; a genuine magnum opus of order, equalization and synchronization. This is an interesting sight not prone to be at any point overlooked. Obviously, not generally do the leg-rowers prevail with regards to keeping themselves and the kayak in parity, which a lot to the pleasure of observers and contenders finishes in the oarsmens’ washing up in the lake.
Excessively brisk the shading and exciting show is finished and soon it has returned to regular day to day existence at the lake. Be that as it may, this is nothing to stress over as even without a celebration life at the lake is intriguing and beautiful; and all things considered, one year from now’s Thadingyut is seeking certain.
Another fascination of Ywama is its skimming market. As a matter of fact, in the same way as other different towns on the lake, Ywama has two skimming markets, one of which is held each day and the other, greater one, is the five-day-drifting business sector that turns between the towns around the ‘Decorate’. This/these skimming market(s), still very customary and generally clean by the impact of the travel industry, unavoidably trigger(s) photos of its/their partner in Bangkok; from how it was 20 to 30 years back and what it looks like today. One can dare to dream that the bright, ‘virgin’ coasting business sector of Ywama just as the other drifting markets on the Trim Lake won’t decline to an unadulterated and poor vacation spot similar to the case with Bangkok’s present day gliding market. Notwithstanding, I am anxious about the possibility that that with an expanded number of remote guests the Ywama skimming business sector will rapidly turn into a spot ruled by voyagers and gift vendors in which the neighborhood individuals selling their produce, items and other stock will be the minority. What’s more, here the story does not end. I am likewise pondering where the huge amounts of trash created by the vacationers will at long last end up. I figure I do definitely know where this will be. Do you know what I am considering?
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