India-Myanmar MOU for conservation of pagodas at Bagan

The Union cabinet approved a project to conserve the earthquake-damaged pagodas in Bagan city of Myanmar.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise the pact will be signed between the two countries during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the nation on 6-7 September.

The decision will strengthen the country’s ties with Myanmar in the realms of “culture and religion” and will advertise India’s prowess in conservation and restoration arts.

This will further strengthen India’s enduring ties with Myanmar, in culture and religion.

Ancient Pagodas of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

A funerary monument and then acquired cosmic symbolism of Buddha-hood containing Buddha associated relics. Also, some monuments were built to honour a notable person, or even bring lasting remembrance to an important family. It is a bell-shaped brick structure set on a square or octagonal base and usually rises to a gently tapering peak gilded metal and jewelled finial topped with a sacred parasol-shaped decoration called “hti”.

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