18 April 2019
Conveying of Buddha images and also religious objects to be fixed atop the Eternal Peace Pagoda in Nay Pyi Taw started on the 1st of April from Nay Pyi Taw.
The Buddha images have arrived at the Shwedagon Pagoda on the 31st of March and the religious objects including diamond bud, vane and golden umbrella on the 10th of April for the public obeisance. The Pagoda was crowded with pilgrims paying obeisance to the Buddha images and religious objects on Thursday as it’s the last day before being conveyed to other states and regions.
Head, Gold and Jewellery Division (Shwedagon Pagoda), Kyi San said “Everyone had a chance to pay respects and homage not only to Shwedagon Pagoda but also to the Buddha images and religious objects for the Eternal Peace Pagoda in Nay Pyi Taw and also to donate for the Eternal Peace Pagoda.”
Nun, Thu Zar Tar Nunnery, Sandar Dewi said “I didn’t know about the Eternal Peace Pagoda but now here I had a chance to pay homage closely to the Buddha images and religious objects for the Eternal Peace Pagoda in Nay Pyi Taw. I donated cash for the Eternal Peace Pagoda.”
Cash donation of 53.5 million kyats was received from the donors and pilgrims at the Shwedagon Pagoda for the Eternal Peace Pagoda from the 31st of March to the 17th of April.
Deputy Director, Department of Religious Affairs, Nyan Htay said “For the public obeisance, 2 Buddha Images carved from marble stones had been at the west stairway of Shwedagon Pagoda since the 31st of March. And the religious objects including diamond bud, vane and golden umbrella had been placed at Chan Thar Gyi Prayer Hall since April 10. We will convey the images and objects to Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda tomorrow and also other states and regions before to Nay Pyi Taw on the 12th of May.”
About 75% of construction of Eternal Peace Pagoda was completed. It is expected that the diamond bud, vane and golden umbrella hoisting ceremony will be held in November 2019.