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Religion meanings in My Son Sanctuary


Today My Son sunrise tours introduce you to religion meaning of My Son Sanctuary

Once you become an early bird and embark on My Son sunrise tours, you will know how gorgeous this neighborhood is in the pure and fresh moment of the day. The today article will show you what is the religious meaning of this sanctuary. Let’s figure out.

1/ Why My Son become the worship place of Champa kingdom


 Simple map of the area in Vietnamese

  • Closed Valley:

Unlike the great religions of the world such as Buddhism, Christianity, Islam … all have founders; Hinduism is the synthesis of religious-belief-philosophical systems and has been formed and perfected over the course of India’s history. With the philosophical mind devoted to the merits, the merits of the deities are related to the natural and social phenomena, the Indians are highly pious, praying and sacrificing for the gods to receive grace.


My Son Sanctuary from above

The first king of Champa, Bhadra Varman, chose the My Son Valley as a sacred place to build the holy place of worship of the god Bhadreswar without choosing another place. Located in a closed valley, rugged, it met the requirements of Hindu doctrine. Because of Hindu thought, Spiritual space is sacred space, and human beings can reach the divine by way of devotion to god. This is one of the best destinations for a sunrise tour in Vietnam.

In order to sublimate his pure soul to the place of incarnation in the supreme soul, human beings must chastity. The main idea of Indian religion is chastity, so they need quiet space to meditate, they are far away from their daily lives, to live in the deep forest, sit under trees or on rocks, separate from all normal life, concentrated mind to experience their mind and listen to the god’s voice. Under the influence of Hindu thought, the Cham people also consider the practice of pilgrimage, going into the wilderness, and the My Son space has met the demands of the followers of the religion.

  • The sacred river

Moreover, the sacred river also represents the goddess Ganga, the wife of Siva. At My Son Sanctuary, the Khe The stream originates from the sacred mountain (Mahabharata) down the valley and flows north to the Thu Bon River – symbolizing the sacred Ganga River in the sky falling on the Hang River. The sacred Thu Bon River, also known as Mahadani in the Champa style, originates from the top of Ngoc Linh, the highest sacred mountain in Amaravati which is cloudy around the year – the embodiment of Hymalaya, the abode of the gods.


Thu Bon River – the sacred river

The Thu Bon River flows through the northern My Son valley, taking in more water from the Khe The stream, which plays the most important role in the Amaravati river trade network. Therefore, it is important to select a site adjacent to the river, where the Sacred Water source, such as My Son Basin. This is the perfect place to build the temples. So My Son tours always raise tourists’ knowledge.

2/ Unique architecture

My Son is in the heart of a large valley with a diameter of about 2 km, surrounded by the green hills. My Son is a museum of Hinduism and the Kingdom of Champa, marking the unique cultural beliefs in every detail of architecture.

  • The main shrine of My Son – ideal destination for a My Son private tour

At the main shrine of My Son worship a Linga or god Siva – one of the three gods of Hindu. Temple of My Son tower is divided into clusters, but adhere to be a certain principle. The traditional structure consists of a Kalan – the main temple and is surrounded by small towers or side structures. The temple symbolizes the mountain Meru is considered the convergence of gods in Indian culture.


The main shrine of My Son Sanctuary

  • The subsidiary temples

The subsidiary temples were built according to the model of the towers with tile roof, with many windows, different from the familiar temples of the Cham. Over thousands of years, with many incidents and wars, but My Son still preserves the unique beauty of the temples. The ancient sculpture styles are combined with the travel service system of the city has introduced this destination with many friends at home and abroad.

  • Sexual reproduction beliefs in My Son Sanctuary

As a source of creativity and indispensable in every Champa tower, linga-yoni (male and female genitals) is a living symbol of the ancient Cham faith.

After nearly 7 centuries of formation and development (late 7th – early 14th century) with many changes, so far the number of linga – yoni in My Son tower is not much. But these symbols still reflect fully and vividly the designs and aesthetic notions of Cham people.

In the Champa religion, linga and yoni are the mascots representing the yang and the yin. Linga is the male subhuman, symbolizing Siva – one of the three supreme deities of Hinduism. He symbolizes the positive and creative power.


Linga symbolizes the positive and creative power

The yoni is a female genitalia, symbolizing the god Uma – the wife of Siva – the symbol of negative. Like linga, depending on the aesthetic concept of each historical period and each region, yoni has many different designs. But generally two main motifs are square and circle still occupy large numbers, occasionally appeared yoni rectangular platform with two square holes, but not much.


Yoni – the symbol of negative

Hope with this interesting information you guys will have an amazing My Son sunrise tour.


Author Since: Jan 16, 2019

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