Pindaya

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Pindaya
ပင်းတယမြို့
Skyline of Pindaya
Pindaya is located in Burma
Pindaya
Pindaya
Location in Burma
Coordinates: 20°57′0″N 96°40′0″E / 20.95000°N 96.66667°E / 20.95000; 96.66667Coordinates: 20°57′0″N 96°40′0″E / 20.95000°N 96.66667°E / 20.95000; 96.66667
Country  Burma
Division Shan State
Districts Taunggyi District
Township Pindaya Township
Population (2005)
 • Religions Buddhism
Time zone MST (UTC+6.30)

Pindaya (Burmese: ပင်းတယမြို့) is a town in the Shan State of Burma. It is located in the west of the state in Pindaya Township in Taunggyi District. Mainly famous for its limestone caves called Pindaya Caves where thousands of Buddha images have been consecrated for worship over the centuries, it is also one of the towns that host an itinerant market every fifth day.[1]

Inside Pindaya Cave, 2010

Etymology[edit]

According to local legend, the term Pindaya is a corruption of the word Pinguya, which translates to Taken the Spider in Burmese. The name arose from the legend that there was once a large spider which resided in the caves and it had captured a local princess. The princess was rescued when the giant spider was slain by a prince using a bow and arrow. When the spider was killed, the prince was said to have exclaimed that he had taken the spider, that is to kill it. Thus, the exclamation became the name of the region, and from it Pindaya received its name.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fifth day markets". JourneysMyanmar. Retrieved 2008-09-27. 

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