Famen Temple Cultural Scenic Area
Namaste Dagoba was completed on May 9, 2009 after the construction of 3 years. The Namaste Dagoba is used to enshrine the only relic of Sakyamuni's finger bone in the world. The full height of the dagoba is 148 m (162 yd). The numbers "148" were chosen because "1" symbolizes that the Buddha does not differ from all other beings. The Buddha is only the awakened being while other beings are yet to be enlightened. The "4" and "8" denote the 8th day of the 4th lunar month, the birthday of Buddha. The architectural design of Namaste Dagoba represents the Buddhist thought of unification, concord harmony and peace. The one and only relic of Sakyamuni's finger bone in the world was enshrined in the underground palace in the Namaste Dagoba. The finger bone is brought up to the first floor at the Namaste Dagoba on the 1st day and 15th day of each lunar month plus Saturdays and Sundays for tourists and devotees to pay homage.
How to Get to Famen Temple
Depart from Xi'an:
2. Take the tourist bus from the west gate of the Tang Paradise between 08:00 and 10:30. The bus returns at 15:30-16:00.
3. Take a long-distance bus bound for Fufeng County at Xi'an West Bus Station and then take a taxi to Famen Temple in around 15 minutes at the cost of about CNY 20.
Xi'an Bus / Metro Search.
Depart from Baoji:
|Ticket||March to November: CNY 100 |
December to next February: CNY 90
Children under 1.2 m (3.9 ft): Free
Children between 1.2-1.4 m (3.9-4.6 ft): Half price
|Opening Hours||March to November: 08:30 to 19:00 |
December to next February: 09:00 to 18:00
time for a visit
Famen Temple Independent Tour:
Two-day Adventure to Xianyang: 2 days itinerary of Qianling Mausoleum, Famen Temple, Xianyang Museum, Maoling Mausoleum.
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More than 2500 years ago, Sakyamuni’ Nirvana under the tree made 84,000 copies of relics. In order to promote the Dharma in the world, Ancient Indian Asoka order to build 84,000 towers to set the Buddha Sherri. In the Eastern Han Dynasty, the Buddha finger bone was sent to Shaanxi Fufeng and the emperor order to build the "Famen Temple."
In the Tang Dynasty, a stonecutter Jixiang spent 3 years to carve the Thousand Buddha wall and he finally did it. After that, an emperor ordered him to carve a stone tablet to preserve the relics. He decided to become a monk and protect the relics forever.
After the earthquake in the Ming Dynasty, another monk Ciseng, in order to rebuild the temple, he pierced his shoulder blades with a hundred feet of iron chains to pray for common people to rebuild the temple.
In the Republic of China (1912-1949), Zhu Ziqiao, who is known as the "General of disaster Relief", advocates "relief for work", both for the relief of the people and for the construction of Buddhist monasteries. Finally, the underground palace was found, his adopted son followed him to protect the relics.
In 10 years of the Great Cultural Revolution of China, some bad guys try to destroy the temple. However, the afterlife of the Monk Jixiang, Liangqing seceded to burn himself to guard the temple and he succeed.
The underground palace reopened and the only finger bone of Sakyamuni has been preserved successfully.
May I know where in the Temple did you get the chance to see that show? I am visiting there and cannot find any info in Google! Kindly advise if you still remember. Thank you