It is said that every Myanmar should visit Bagan and without visiting Ananda you cannot be said to have visited Bagan. Ananda Temple is like a museum. You can study all kinds of Myanmar arts here — architecture, stone sculpture, stucco, glazed plaques, terra cotta, wood carving, artwork of blacksmith etc. There are three different versions regarding the name of this temple. 1. When King Kyansittha asked eight Arahats (Saints) to provide him with a design for the religious monument he was about to build, they created the image of Nanda Mula Cave Hall held to be in the Himalayas. So the temple was constructed on the model of that image and it came to be known as "Nandamu" which in course of time corrupted to sound "Ananda. 2. The Sanscrit word "Anand” means "very beautiful." The name "Ananda" must have been derived from this Sanscrit word. The Temple is extremely beautiful. 3. There is a Pali word " Ananta Panna" which means " the endless wisdom of the Buddha." The temple sym¬bolizes this attribute of the Buddha. Hence it is called "Ananta Temple." It cannot be said for certain which version is correct because the original stone inscription was silent about its name. But "Ananda" is the traditional name known to the Myanmar people for generations. Ananda Temple was constructed in Koza Sakarit 452 M. E (A. D. 1091) by King Kyansittha. He was also known as Hti Hlaing Shin. His regnal title was " Sri Tribuvanaditya Dhamma Yaza" meaning "the King of Justice who shines like the sun over three auspicious worlds."