of Kyait Kha Moy
Located along the coast of Mawlamyine
(Moulmein) in state of Mon, now governed by Myanmar (Burma). In old days, Kyait Kha Moy was amazingly not affected by flood. For one’s prosperity, this place is
worthy for worship.
Kyait Kha Moy (Burmese called Phra Kha-mee) is enshrined at the coast of Moulmein in Mon
State. 237 years after Gautam Buddha’s
death, the King who ruled Sri Lanka named "Deva Nang Piya Tissa (พระเจ้าเทวานังปิยะติสสะ)”
wished his son, "Pra Mahintha Thera (พระมหินทะเถระ)", to
place where the relics of the Lord Buddha are enshrined has never be seen or
worshipped when the Lord Buddha was alive. If the carved Buddha statue was made
for worship, the Buddhist’s faith would be promoted as if they worshipped the
living Lord Buddha. So to promote Buddhism, Pra Mahintha Thera assigned Pra
Maha Thera Uppatissa (พระมหาเถระอุปติสสะ)
take Piya Tissa’s orders. Piya Tissa was then very pleased and returned to his palace.
At that time, Indra’s seat became harden and he
discerned King Piya Tissa’s wish to carve four 3-ft Buddha statues to enshrine.
dawn, King Piya Tissa saw the four Buddha statues and was very joyous. He
invited several monk saints for lunch for 15 days. Uppatissa placed two Buddha
statues on one teak cart with 2-m diameter wheels and remaining statues on other
two carts. All were brought from the city of Sri Lanka to Chomphu Ko-la, the
port city. He made sacrament and wished these Buddha statues to be enshrined
together with four relics on those three carts that were set afloat over the
Kyait Kha Moy enshrined on the ancient Mon cart with 2-m wheels covered by the yellow
robe of Buddhist monks
first Buddha statue floated to Pa Sim city in the north, 60 kilometers to Mu-taw
(มุตาว) - the
small fisherman village. At that time, the first Buddha statue was in Pa Sim.
second statue on wagon wheels reached the city of Chad-taw (ชาดทอ). This
statue popped up and down on water surface and became famous. It had the supernatural power in which there
was a ring-shaped sparking light on statue’s forehead. The villagers then
called Buddha statue with fly mole. Mon people called "Kyait Por Lor (พระปอลอ)".
The Buddhist saint Uppatissa was praying
before setting four Buddha statues afloat.
Kyait Kha Moy was one of these.
third floating Buddha statue came to Tawai (ทะวาย). This one
had much supernatural power so it was named Kyait Mu Tee (พระมุที).
fourth floating statue reached Phra Kha Moy city and floated in the midst of
the sea, about 50 meters from the coast. The Mon people including monks had worshipped
the Buddha statue on the cart wheels. They had faith in the Buddha figure and attempted
to bring it to settle on the paving stone in the midst of the sea. They tried
several different ways including using rope to pull the statue and pushing it
to move towards the paving stone but their efforts became futile as the statue
did not move.
that time in Kyait Kha Moy city, one Mon widow with high morality and
concentration used the yarn and tied it to the statue sitting on the cart and made
the sacrament that "I am a widow yet from a small child until now I
regularly observed the five precepts as if the five bouquets of flowers had never
withered. If I spoke the words of truth, the Buddha, I asked that the statue
come up.” After praying, she held the yarn thread and the Buddha statue had
come up onto the paving stone. That day corresponded to the middle of the lunar
month of November B.E. 237. This Buddha statue
was then enshrined aside the pagoda built by Ekatasa (เอกาทะสะ), son
of Mon King at Kran city (เมืองกราน).
Women were not allowed to enter the abode of Phra Kha
Moy from Sri Lanka. At first when the place was not restricted and many women had
entered, there were several catastrophes. For examples, the rain fell when it
not supposed to and strong winds were blowing, making it frightfully and be seen
as an odd situation.
were allowed to enter the pavilion built south of Kyait Kha Moy and worship Kyait Kha Moy from the north. To worship, women can bring the flowers to the altar
and fill the donation box with coins. One time each year there is a worship festival
from April to November.
even it is not the day of the festival there are many people who come to worship
Phra Kha Moy every day. There are staffs who welcome the worshippers with
smiles. Everyone is invited to worship Phra Kha Moy on any day.
strange magic of Kyait Kha Moy
big amount of seawater from the ocean has come up and down, it cannot cover nor
sink Kyait Kha Moy temple.
water from sea waves cannot go into the temple.
The wind blows a lot but cannot make the temple fall or incline.
hereby pay respect to Phra Kha Moy who is fulfilled with blessedness, who
brings the joyfulness to all the worlds, who serves the welfare of the world,
who is forever supporter. By this
merit, may all my wishes be immediately fulfilled.
short spell for sacred Kyait Kha Moy
ends a brief history of Kyait Kha Moy (Kyait Kha Mee).
from Mon language, the original Mon version by Palita Phikkhu Thera (พระอาจารย์ ปาลิตะภิกขุเถระ),
Thad-chad temple (วัดธาตุชัด), Kamawag village, Mon State,
Myanmar. Translation completed on Thursday, December 18th, B.E. 2557
© B.E. 2537
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