Ananda Phaya Buddha #1
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© John Holstein
Noon sunshine from windows above and candlelight from below, at Ananda Phaya (Temple), Bagan. These sculptures are about 20' tall. The one on the left is the first one most visitors see, at the main entrance, and the one on the right is around the back.
The caretakers of Ananda Temple did not intend any symbolism by what the symbol-happy photographer saw as the "imprisoned Buddha." One entire wall is filled with niches, each enshrining one buddha; the screened door is attached to each of the niches in the bottom row to protect their Buddha.