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Mann Shwe Settaw Pagoda
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Mann Shwe Settaw Pagoda (Buddha foot Print)

      A pair of Buddha's footprints are located in Settawya, a forest retreat at 34 miles' distance west of Minbu on the opposite bank of Magwe which is 331 miles from Yangon by road. The footprints are well preserved and shrines have been constructed nearby. The place is known as the Pagoda site of the forest. The pilgrimage is combined with photography for young people, as the scenery is picturesque. One can go there also by Minbu- A Road following branches lane at 22 miles post. The site is on the river Man. The festival is held on the fifth waxing moon of the Myanmar calendar month, Tabodwe (February and March) annually. Many people, from different parts of the country, gather there and make meritorious deeps singly or collectively.

      On the way from Minbu, visitors can pay homage to Sandalwood Monastery at Legging where the Lord Buddha had visited in his lifetime. The history of that Footprint Pagoda dated back to the time of Buddha. Once the Lord Buddha came to that site in the country of Sunapranta. He met the Orahat Sicca Vanda and Naga Nammada on his way and on their humble request, the lord granted their reverence. The footprints were enshrined ever since. The lower footprint on the slat is under water during the monsoon months as the river Man is flooded. Therefore the festival is celebrated in the later winter months. Minbu is very hot in summer.

      There are series of stalls marketing different things for the pilgrims and villagers nearly. Beside the Mann Stream there are also stalls which sell various kinds of traditional handicrafts and herbs. You can also get to eat and rest in these stalls. At most, temporary bamboo housings are made for the visitors to rest or spend a night. The Pagoda festival is filled with life and fervor at each point. Minbu new market is very cheap to buy things. Shops are sell with wholesale price. A lot of motorcycles are going around in Minbu. People use motorcycles for their transportation.

      From Minbu, there is a road can transport to Rakhine State and you can go the most famous pagoda Kyaung Daw Yar pagoda.
      In Minbu, there is a lot of crab and dried fish and dried pa zon you can buy. This is transport from Rakhine.
      One of the Asian elephants (Elephus maximus) at Twycross Zoo in the United Kingdom was named after the city of Minbu, as Burma was the country she originated from.

      One exhilarating experience you will get when visiting Mann Shwe Sattaw is bathing in the cool, clean and sparkling waters of Mann Creek after you have had an exhausting day of pilgrimage.To go on a trip to Mann Shwe Sattew Pagoda Festival in Central Myanmar which is like an oasis in an arid zone, you will experience the feeling for a place. Which gives you respite from the torrid heat and at the same time, experience the pilgrimage to a sacred and holy place of Myanmar. The approximate time to travel to this area is March and you can witness this holy festival of Myanmar.

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