Lying exposed to sun and rain for hundreds of years, the image was ravaged by weather and came to be covered with earth and vegetation till at last it came to assume the form of a wooded hilock, when lower Myanmar was annexed.
Its discovery came quite accidentally with the extension of Railways to Bago. An Indian Contractor for the supply of bricks and earth began digging it for earth, when with the appearance of bricks instead, there arose a storm of protests from those who were conversant with the history of image. The work of the contractor was called to a halt and the reconstruction of the holy image was at once taken in hand and by 1881 once neglected decaying image was restored to its original glory and splendour.


 1. Length 180 ft 54.88 meters
2. Height 52½ ft 16 meters
3. Face 22½ ft 6.86 meters
4. Ear 15 ft 4.57 meters
5. Eye 3¾ ft 1.14 meters
6. Eye Brow 7½ ft 2.29 meters
7. Eye Lid 7½ ft 2.29 meters
8. Nose 7½ ft 2.29 meters
9. Lip 7½ ft 2.29 meters
10. Neck 7½ ft 2.29 meters
11. Shouder to waist 47½ ft 14.48 meters
12. Waist to knee 47½ ft 14.48 meters
13. Knee to foot 47½ ft 14.48 meters
14. Elbow to tip of Finger 45 ft 13.71 meters
15. Little finger 10 ft 3.05 meters
16. Sole of foot 25½ ft 7.77 meters
17. Great toe 6 ft 1.83 meters
18. Palm of Hand 22 ft 6.71 meters


1881.A.D Reconstruction of the holy image
1903.A.D Consttruction of main building.
1909.A.D Iron railing in front of the image.
1932.A.D Laying of Italian marble slabs.
1937.A.D Forehead and Foot prints are onamented
1938.A.D Great pillows are decorated with mosacic work. Construction of ceiling above the image.
1955.A.D GI. Pipe railing around the entire platform. GI. Pipe railing around the entire platform.
1959.A.D Extension of iron building on the northen side.










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