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Pitakataik (Burmese: ပိဋကတ်တိုက်; also spelt bidagat taik and pitaka taik) refers to a library of Buddhist scriptures, including the Tipiṭaka, found in pre-colonial Burmese kingdoms.

According to an extant British account in 1795, the Pitakataik at Amarapura was described as the largest library between the Danube and China.[1] In founding the royal capital, the pitakataik was one of the seven integral structures whose foundations had to be laid, demonstrating its importance.[2]

The Pitakataik was one of 8 structures ceremonially established by King Mindon Min in the founding of Mandalay as a royal capital.[3] In October 2013, the Sitagu Sayadaw announced a donation to rebuild the Pitakataik, along with the Thudhamma Zayat and Maha Pahtan Ordination Hall, with the consultation of Tampawaddy U Win Maung.[4]

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  1. ^ Harris, Ian (2013). William M. Johnston, ed. Encyclopedia of Monasticism. Routledge. p. 757. ISBN 9781136787157.
  2. ^ U Thaw Kaung: The Learned Librarian of Myanmar. Myanmar Book Centre. 2005. p. 50.
  3. ^ မင်းထက်အောင်(မန်းကိုယ်ပွား). "ရတနာပုံမန္တလေးရွှေမြို့တော်ကြီး သမိုင်းစာမျက်နှာသစ်ဖွင့်လှစ်နိုင်ခဲ့ပြီ". News and Periodical Enterprise (in Burmese). Ministry of Information. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  4. ^ ခင် ဆုဝေ (27 February 2013). "သတ်တဌာန နရောတောျသုံးခုအား ရှေးမူမပကြျ ပွုပွငျမညျ". Myanmar Times (in Burmese). Retrieved 12 July 2015.