Classified Immovable Properties

    MM025-Na Tcha Temple (Calçada das Verdades)

    Location: Macao

    Category: Monuments

    Introduction: Calçada das Verdades

    Na Tcha Temple was initially built in a smaller and simpler form in the early Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), and was later expanded in the 24th year of the reign of Emperor Guangxu (1898). This small temple is actually a small rectangular pavilion without any enclosed worship hall but the temple established a niche, an altar for offerings and an incense burner, all made of granite to be used.

    This is one of two remaining temples dedicated to the protection deity Prince Na Tcha and advocated the myth of “Na Tcha Trayastrimśat in [33]”, where can be translated in English as Na Tcha "belonging to the thirty-three [devas]". 33 is primarily the name of the second heaven in Buddhist cosmology, and secondarily used of the devas who dwell there. The faith in Na Tcha could date back over 300 years ago. Due to his powers, people would pray to Na Tcha to guard children away from sickness and for help whenever there were plagues or the need to repel evil spirits from the city. Over time this deity became part of popular faith and patron of children in Macao.

    The Na Tcha Festival, which includes celebration activities and parades, is held on the eighteenth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar each year. During the festival, the statue of Na Tcha is carried with a highly decorated timber litter (also known as sedan chair) which was made in 1903, and has a history of more than one hundred years in Macao.

    Architectural characteristics:

    This small temple has a pavilion shelter. Inside the temple there is a niche, an altar and an incense burner, which are all made of granite and are the distinguishing features of the temple.

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