July 25, 2011
-- Visit to Myanmar are likely to feel surrounded at all by pagodas of all size and design, from many of antiquity to some built last year .One of the most famous cave temples are situated across the chindwin river from Monywa,a big trading town in Upper Myanmar .According to legends, the caves were supposed to have been inhabited hundreds of years ago by a Zawgyi, a magician , named U Po Win.
Magicians called Zawgyi in the folklore of Myanmar are forest dwelling beings who were once men but by intense meditation have attained supernatural powers.The earliest inscription of the Po Win Taung complex dates them over seven hundred years ago.the images ,altears and decorative motifs inside the caves were all carved out of living rock.
The cave is higher and without wall paintings, but the fascinating aspect to the architecture is the way the entrances are constructed.Apparantly added or rebuilt during the colonial era,the are decorated with pillars complete with Corinthian capitals. The arched over the entrances hold such motifs as unicorns side by side with the stylized ilons of Myanmar tradition, guarding the shrines in harmony together.The different motifs are each worked with a different pastel color so it gives an atmosphere of a walk through fairyland. A huge elephant, larger than life have been caved in relief on one side of a cliff.
In October or Novenber when the annual festival takes place there are pilgrims by the hundreds gathering here to worship.
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