Sunday, March 30, 2008

Schwedagon Monastery

Shwedagon in the morning
Nikon D80
Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
January, 2008

Schwe means Gold. And there is just an overdose of gold and golden color in Myanmar :). I had always associated austerity with Buddhism. For me the sense of grandeur and Buddhism as a religion never went along. But the preception changed after this visit to Myanmar. Just to be clear I am not saying its bad, I am just talking about my perception. The kings in Myanmar have really spent a lot in building these Buddhist temples. Schwedagon has a 76 carat diamond at the very top of the temple.
The Pagodas don't have a pre defined shape and it seems to vary with the form of Buddhism and the country they are in. Burmese Pagodas are bell shaped in form.