In the footsteps of Buddha: the 6th of the first 7 places after Enlightenment

The 6th of the First 7 Places after Enlightenment is the famous MonSaLeinDar Eaing /

Buddha statute at the Mucalinda lake / MonSaLeinDar Eaing

Lord Buddha spent the Sixth week in meditation here. While He was meditating, severe thunderstorm broke out. To protect Him from the violent wind and rain, even the creatures came out for His safety.

Although I have not known much about Buddha, the 550 Jatakas and the Buddhawin, I have heard about the MonSaLeinDar Eaing / Mucalinda lake many times although I do not know the exact relation to Buddha until I got to Bodha Gaya.

I had been the Mahabodhi Phayarr / temple many times during my stint at the Road to Mandalay when I go on bicycle rides in the hiatus between the 2 tour groups. The departing one that left for the NyaungOo airport for their return and the new one that will arrive for their Bagan – riverine cruise – Mandalay / Sagaing tour on the Road to Mandalay (the departing group actually made the Road from Mandalay with the Road to Mandalay). While there, I saw the ThatTaHtarNa outside the temple but did not know the importance of it until I reached Bodha Gaya.

If you had looked up at my blogs in serial from the 1st of the first 7 places after Enlightenment till this one, you will now understand what I had understood in Bodha Gaya.

It is marked on the sign post: Lord Buddha spent the Sixth week in meditation here. While He was meditating, severe thunderstorm broke out. To protect Him from the violent wind and rain, even the creatures came out for His safety.

Importance: Lord Buddha spent the ‘6th Week’ after his enlightenment in sitting posture. The snake king named Muchalind living in this tank saved Lord Buddha during meditation from heavy storm & rain sent by the dark forces.
In the memory of this divine state, this place is now recognized as a (divided) Ashoka Pillar situated here.

Ashoka Pillar
Location: South of Mahabodhi Temple, situated in the middle of Mahabodhi Temple & Muchalind Pond in the temple complex.
Importance: One of the existing ‘Ashoka Pillars’ of Bihar, built with Sandstone, 15 feet in height. There are no inscriptions on this pillar.For this pillar there is a belief among the tourists that those who can hug this pillar completely will get all their expectations fulfilled of the life.Besides this, there are 5 other existing Ashoka Pillars in Bihar. One in Kolhua, Vaishali District (without inscription); two in Rampurva, West Champaran District ( one pillar with inscription); one in Louria Nandangarh, West Champaran District & one in Areraj, East Champaran District

Mucalinda lake_the abode of snake king: the snake king or the Nagarr / dragon lives in the Mucalinda lake / MonSaLeinDar Eaing. The NagarYone pagodas are built and worshipped throughout Myanmar in commemoration for this event in Buddha’s 6th week after Enlightenment.

Kyee tree is called MuSaLeinDa. A small lake 1 mile south of the Mahabodhi Mahavihara is also said to be the Mucalinda lake / MonSaLeinDar Eaing. People living around the lake are said to call it MuSaRein. However it has not been established yet and the pond southwest of the MahaBhodi temple is the official Mucalinda lake.

Asoka pillar at The entrance to the 6th of the First 7 Places after Enlightenment, the Mucalinda lake / MonSaLeinDar Eaing

The Asoka pillar lies near the entrance to the Mucalinda lake / MonSaLeinDar Eaing.

Asoka pillar at the entrance to the Mucalinda lake / MonSaLeinDar Eaing

There is a Banyan tree near the Asoka pillar and we got many Banyan / Nyaung leaves there.

Buddha statute at the Mucalinda lake / MonSaLeinDar Eaing

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2 Responses to “In the footsteps of Buddha: the 6th of the first 7 places after Enlightenment”

  1. Bee Eng Says:

    meditation is good for your free minded but I never try it yet. You must learn so much on religion after your trip. Did you get chance to shade your head and meditation group by any chance. I heard that so many people went there for that…
    Buddha statute at the Mucalinda lake which built so beatiful at the lake

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