Merit of Thonlu La, queen of King Uzana (r. 1250-1254)
Thambula is the name most commonly used for this temple but its true name in Bamar is Thonlu La, derived from the original Pali name Tiloka Canda Devi, Moon of the Three Worlds. The name Thonlu La is written on the stone inscription found within the temple.
Being one of the interesting destinations to visit on Bagan tours, it captures tourist’s attention a beautiful structure, square in plan, and set on a plinth. The stucco details are delicate and elegant. The interior walls are painted with murals, and one shows a winged Keinara bird-man with human feet instead of birds’ claws, as is more usual.