Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Miracle at the Chongwen Pagoda

A miracle occurred at the Chongwen Pagoda. Humans cannot see gods and buddhas with the naked eye, but miracles are continuously happening for people nevertheless. 

January 15, 2002, fell on an auspicious day in the lunar calendar. The famous Chongwen Pagoda in Xianyang City was hosting a large celebration in honor of the day, with circus shows, acrobats, and lots of food stands. A large crowd had gathered to join in the celebrations.  

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The famous Chongwen Pagoda in Xianyang City was hosting a large celebration in honor of the day. (Image: Konstantin32 via Dreamstime)

The Chongwen Pagoda miracle

A naughty little girl wandered away from her family in search of something more adventurous. She climbed up to the twelfth story of the Chongwen Pagoda and was playing when she slipped and lost her footing. Miraculously, one of the Buddha statues reached out a hand and caught her before she could hit the ground. When her family arrived on the scene, they found her still in the statue’s hand, crying with terror, but otherwise unscathed. The family was elated and grateful for the miracle. 

More than 100 people bore witness to the event and word soon spread far and wide. This goes to prove that just because something is unseen, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. This event was a manifestation of the divine. It’s a true saying — the gods will never forsake us as long as we remain kind-hearted.  

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It’s a true saying — the gods will never forsake us as long as we remain kind-hearted. (Image: Edurne Chopeitia via Unsplash)  

Every year since 2002, the family has visited the pagoda fair and paid homage to the Buddha statue that saved the little girl. They burn incense and place a special red silk cloth on the statue to show their respect and gratitude. If you ever visit the Chongwen Pagoda, you will see only one special statue out of the 100 statues wearing a red silk cloth — this is the one that saved a little girl’s life.  

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Emma Lu
Emma Lu is an author who specializes in Cultural and Historical myths and stories.
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