|Type of monument
||: Type II Temple (Zedi)
||: West of West Pwasaw Village
||: West Pwasaw
||: King Narapatisithu
||: A.D 1196
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The name of the pagoda, Dhammayazika or
Dhammarajika in Pali means "Pertaining the King of Law. The
structure of Dhammayazika Pagoda has pentagonal terraces instead
of the usual Bagan pagodas, the square base.
There are three
receding terraces, ornamented with glazed Jataka plaques. On
each side of the pagoda, there is a small temple housing an
image of Buddha.
The usual practice in most temples was to have
four images facing the cardinal points, representing the four Buddhas of the present world cycle who have already attained
But in this pagoda the fifth temple is placed
with the future becoming Buddha. All the five names of the
Buddha are Kakusandha, Konagamana, Kassapa, Gotama and Metteyya.
The inscription records say tht in 1197 King Narapatisithu
received four holy relics from the King of Sri Lanka and that he
built the pagoda in 1198 to enshrine the relics.