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Pictures from the Golden Rock Pagoda (Kyaiktiyo pagoda) in Myanmar: pilgrims, monks, hermits, and yogi (part 2).

For pictures from the Golden Rock, click here (part 1).

Buddhist monks at the Golden Rock Pagoda (Kyaiktiyo pagoda) in Myanmar
Buddhist monks collecting their daily food on the esplanade of the Golden Rock Pagoda (Kyaiktiyo Pagoda) in Myanmar.

Early in the morning at Mt. Kyaiktiyo as in other Buddhist places, elderly and young monks go and collect their daily food from devotees.

A Buddhist monk is not allowed to cook food. He may collect and consume food only between dawn and midday (12 h). Plain water can be taken at any time without having to be offered. A monk must have all eatables and drinkables, except plain water, formally offered into his hands or placed on something in direct contact with his hands. He may not come into contact with a woman. 

hermit at the Golden Rock Pagoda (Kyaiktiyo pagoda) in Myanmar
Hermit collecting contributions from pilgrims on the road ascending to the Golden Rock Pagoda (Kyaiktiyo pagoda) in Myanmar.

Hermits are respected by the pilgrims. They collect offerings from pilgrims who ensure their livelihood. Hermits are distinguished by tapered hats.

According to legend, a hermit received hairs of Buddha that have been enshrined in the pagoda.

The day of the full moon of Tabaung (the last month of the Burmese calendar, i.e. March), a festival is held on the esplanade of the Golden Rock pagoda. This large terrace in marble is then illuminated by thousands (some 90,000) candles and is covered with flowers.

Yogi at Golden Rock Pagoda (Kyaiktiyo Pagoda) in Myanmar
Yogi meditating while facing the surroundings of the Golden Rock Pagoda (Kyaiktiyo Pagoda) in Myanmar.

The natural setting of the Golden Rock Pagoda is conducive to meditation (Dhyāna).

The Golden Rock is by far the most sacred place of Mt. Kyaiktiyo. The surrounding area is however home to several other sacred sites. Mok Soe Taung, Kyikan Pandey and Kow Na Win pagodas are located near to the Golden Rock, Dadu, Myaw Daw Mu, and Maha Myaing pagodas on the trail which starts from the Kinpun base camp, Shwe Son Taung and Weik Zar Mountain pagodas in the surrounding area.


 

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Myanmar > Pictures and travelogues > The Golden Rock in Myanmar
Myanmar > Pictures and travelogues > Bago Reclining Buddha and Kyaik Pun Pagoda

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