Dhammayangyi Temple - Bagan

Dhammayangyi Temple

The Dhammayan-gyi (gyi mean large in Burmese) is the largest temple in Bagan, built in a similar plan as the Ananda Temple. Legend has it that it was built by King Narathu as atonement to redeem for his evil actions during his rule. King Narathu, reportedly smothered his father, and also his brother to death to have one of his wives, an Indian princess whom he later executed for practicing her Hindu rituals. The bad king’s own death was attributed to the priest-assassins sent by the princess’ angry father who also sacked the city in revenge. The Dammayan temple ceased construction upon the king’s death and was never finished. Almost all the inner ambulatory passages were filled with rubble around the time of its construction and it was thought to have been done by the angry workers out of spite upon the King’s death.


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