Alodaw Pauk Pagoda

Alodaw Pauk Pagoda

It lies in Nampan Village. Nyaung Shwe Township. southern Shan State. It was one of the 84000 pagodas built by Thiri Dhamma Thawka the famous king. It was then known as Innphaya Pagoda. King Anawrahta eventually arrived in Inlay and had to rebuild the pagoda as it was left only as the foot of the original pagoda. He consecrated eight more relics of Buddha there.

When King Alaungsithu visited the place. he saw the Alodaw Pauk Pagoda. He made a vow on the jewelled bowl turned down and in the bowl came the relics of Buddha.

So King Alaungsithu rebuild the pagoda enshrining the jewelled bowl. a stone obtained from the clouds. a stone obtained from the ivories. a pearl worth a hundred thousand. and all sorts of jewellery. four gold statues and seven silver statues. It was named Yadana Pagoda or Down-turned Bowl Pagoda.

King Narapatisithu rebuild enshrining eight gold statues. 15 silver statues. and seven pyis of jewels. It was then name Alodaw Pauk Pagoda.

Some said the king had said it would be named Alodaw Pauk Pagoda. Others say a Bagan king Saw Mon Nit gilded the pagoda from base to top and named it Alodaw Pauk Pagoda. Be as it may. the pagoda has been renovated by successive kings and so appears resplendent today.