Legendary four-handed Buddha pagoda
Crossing immense aureate paddy fields from Long Xuyen City, tourists will access in Nui Sap Township (Thoai Son District). Traveling some 10km, they will ability Oc Eo Township, which is advised the cradle of Oc Eo ability and acculturation by archaeologists.
Oc Eo ability is a accepted name of the acculturation of the allegorical Kingdom of Funan in the southern region. After some 1,500 years of accustomed and actual vicissitudes, the ability has collapsed into oblivion.
In Oc Eo Township, there is a pagoda generally alleged Chùa Pht Bn Tay (Four-handed Buddha Pagoda) or Linh Sn C T (Linh Son Age-old Pagoda) by bounded people.
From Oc Eo Market afterward an asphalted alley southeastern of Ba The Mountain, tourists will see the access of the pagoda on the abundance slope, with two ceramics bobcat statues affable guests. Climbing the multistairs, tourists will access the capital three-door aboideau of the pagoda. On either ancillary of the aboideau are four alongside sentences and four curve of Chinese characters announcement the dharma.
Entering the yard, tourists assume to be absent in a peaceful amplitude with alpine adumbration copse and breezes, and the alive of dry leaves on the ground.
The capital anteroom of Linh Son Pagoda in Oc Eo worships a four-handed Buddha statue. The bronze was fabricated of atramentous rock with a ample actualization and accessible eyes assuming yogic brainwork posture. The Buddha wears an indigo-blue dress and a hat like that of a Tibetan Lama, and holds a deficient chantry in all his four hands. The high appropriate duke holds a necklace, the high larboard duke exorcises by clasping, the lower appropriate duke holds a baby bell, and the lower larboard duke holds a pearl.
According to legends and the adept abbot of the pagoda Thich Thien Tri, in 1913, if the French ascendancy congenital anchorage and Ba The badge base at the bottom of the mountain, locals begin an complete black-stone statue, which has four calmly and is 1.7m tall, active two meters underground. Bounded Khmer humans had able adolescent men backpack the bronze up the abundance to worship, as they believed that it was the bronze of Neata Phrom, the God of Mountain. But they could not do so because the bronze was too heavy. They again asked bounded elders to set up an chantry and pray, and the bronze was calmly agitated to area it is now.
Two schist steles, anniversary getting 1.8m tall, 80cm advanced and 20cm thick, were aswell found. The steles were arced with age-old characters that no one could read. Locals again congenital Linh Son Pagoda to adoration the four-handed Buddha.
According to researchers, this four-handed Buddha is in actuality the bronze of Vishnu with the seven-headed God Snake of Nga. The age-old scripts carved on the steles accept not yet been deciphered, but they are advised to accept the aforementioned agent with Brahmi scripts acclimated by Indian humans amid the additional and the sixth centuries A.D.
At the aback of the pagoda, abreast Nam Linh Son archaeological site, is a four-branch Dipterocarpus alatus which is about 50 meters tall. Locals alarm it cây Bn Ngón (four-fingered tree), because them the fingers of Buddha.