Tha?�y Pagoda Festival

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Thầy Pagoda Festival
Thầy Pagoda Festival

Tha?�y Village (nowadays called as Tha�?y KhA? Village) is located at the foot of SA�i S??n Mountain, and belongs to Qua��c Oai District, HA� Na��i.

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Tha?�y Pagoda

The mountain has a number of old pagodas the most well known of which is the Tha?�y Pagoda where is also worshipped Ta�� A?a??o Ha??nh, a monk of the LA? Dynasty who hailed from LA?ng Village (HA� Na��i) and was endowed with supernatural powers.

Tha?�y Pagoda Festival
Tha?�y Pagoda Festival

Visitors come to this village all the year round for several reasons. The village and SA�i S??n Mountain provide well-known scenic sports involving a nice lake (Long TrA� Lake) which has in the middle of it a big house fro viewing yearly water puppets shows and two wooden bridges with curved tiled roofs, and many beautiful mountain caves. The mountain also has, as its foot and on its slopes, a number of old pagodas the most well known of which is the Tha?�y Pagoda where is also worshiped Ta�� A?a??o Ha??nh, a monk of the LA? Dynasty who hailed from LA?ng Village (HA� Na��i) and was endowed with supernatural powers.

Both the Tha?�y and LA?ng Pagodas Festivals are held in early March of each year, but differ from each other in terms of specific rites and ceremonies.

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Tha?�y Pagoda Festival

The Tha?�y Pagoda Festival is actually a joint festival of four villages (Tha�?y KhA?, A?a PhA?c, KhA?nh TA?n and SA�i KhA?). While the whole area has many pagodas, the Festival is held mainly in ThiA?n PhA?c Pagoda, alias Tha?�y Pagoda, which comprises three buildings: ante-chamber, Buddhaa��s Building, and the Building of the Genius. It is said that Ta�� A?a??o Ha??nh led a religious life and died in this very pagoda. At the end of his life, he sat in meditation for several months without food and drink and died in the process. Thereafter, the people put his withered corpse in the Building of the Genius for the purpose of worship. The Ming invaders who ruled over Via��t Nam from 1407 to 1427, took Ta�� A?a??o Ha??nha��s corpse to a mount and burned it. Thereafter, the local population collected his ashes and mingled them with earth in order to make a statue for worship. From then on, the mount was called the Burning Mount.

Tha?�y Pagoda Festival
Tha?�y Pagoda Festival

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Ceremonies connected with the Tha?�y Pagoda Festival started from March 5 to 9 (lunar year) and comprise: giving a bath to Ta�� A?a??o Ha??nha��s statue, presenting incense sticks, tablets escorting procession, folk theatrical plays (ChA?o), chess games, water puppets show, recital of the feats of Ta�� A?a??o Ha??nh and more.

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