Location : Magway Division
The land of festivals and the land of Pagodas are the names that make Myanmar famous among the well nation. Mann Shwe Sattaw Pagoda Festival is one of the most significant Pagoda festival in Upper Myanmar. It is 36 miles from Magwe to the Mann Shwe Sattaw which is also well known as Mann footprint across Ayeyawaddy river bridge, Magwe. And people from the entire nation pay Pilgrimage to the Pagoda but the Pagoda is mostly crowded within the festival time which is from the mid February to mid April. To enjoy Mann Shwe Sattaw Pagoda festival, if you come from lower Myanmar, please take the Yangon-Pyay motor road and go along Pathein-Monywa road after passing Nawadae Bridge.At Mann Shwe Sattaw Pagoda, you will find the upper Sattawyar, the footprint of lord Buddha on the hill and the lower Sattawyar, another footprint of the Buddha at the foot of the same hill.
There is a motor road which will take you to the Upper sattawyar for the elders and children where as the youths can climb up by the stairway built by venerable hermit U Khanti in 1937 and at the same time, study cultural artifacts decorated on the stairway.This is the platform of the upper footprint. And from here, you can view and pay homage to the lower footprint and the panoramic view around here is quiet amazing. This place is beautiful, peaceful and pleasant.
As you go along the stairways to the upper Sattawyar, you will find various stalls selling all sorts of handicrafts and traditional herbal plants. Further above when you reach Mutsoetaung Zedi, you will be able to witness a sight which is so full of greening. And also at the lower Sattawyar, at the foot of the hill, it is bustling with devotees. Locally made lodging houses built with bamboo are waiting for the people who come here to rest and refresh themselves with a well-rested overnight stay. As there are stalls which are stuff with products from all over the country, pilgrims can conveniently buy what they went in one place. The cool and pleasant Mann creek flows steadily around both Sattawyars and adds sparkle and life to the Pagoda festival itself.
One exhilarating experience you will get when visiting Mann Shwe Sattaw is bathing in the cool, clean and sparkling waters of Mann Creek after you have had an exhausting day of pilgrimage. To go on a trip to Mann Shwe Sattew Pagoda Festival in Central Myanmar which is like an oasis in an arid zone, you will experience the feeling for a place. Which gives you respite from the torrid heat and at the same time, experience the pilgrimage to a sacred and holy place of Myanmar.