Efforts are underway on the Rangoon River by a local team to find and recover the Great Bell of Dhammazedi – a giant bell that is said to have sunk 400 years ago.
The bronze Dhammazedi Bell is believed to have been cast in the 15th Century and is reputed to be the world’s largest, as some records say it weighs about 270 tonnes.he bell is named after King Dhammazedi, a Mon ruler of Hanthawaddy in Pegu who commissioned the bell to be cast in 1484. Records show it originally stood at Shwedagon Pagoda but was removed in 1608 by Filipe de Brito e Nicote, a Portuguese warlord and mercenary who ruled Syriam (now Thanlyin) across the Rangoon River.

Security Tightened Up in Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Due to Blasts at Buddha Gaya of India

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Security Tightened Up in Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Due to Blasts at Buddha Gaya of India
Posted on July 9, 2013 by web-administrator

Security will be stepped up in Shwedagon pagoda of Yangon Region because of recent bomb blasts at Buddha Gaya in India, according to pagoda trustee sources.

Shwedagon pagoda trustee in cooperation with police forces is known to tighten up security.

Shwedagon Pagoda | 1900s
Shwedagon Pagoda | 1900s

“We’ll step up security and we’re discussing it. Myanmar Police Force has planned security measures. How many security forces are used and where they are deployed are confidential. We are following the instruction of police forces,” said a member of the trustee.

Security is learned to have been stepped up in Maharmuni Yokeshindawmyat Buddha image and Swedawmyat pagoda (the tooth relic of Buddha) in Mandalay, Maharanthtookantha pagoda in Pyin Oo Lwin township and other famous pagodas in Myanmar as in Yangon.

Two monks, one of whom is a Myanmar monk studying in India, the other is a Tibet monk, and five people were injured in eight bomb blasts finding the four unexploded bombs on 7 July, India authorities say.

The President of Sri Lanka has reportedly called on India government to take immediate action against those bombers.