The name Bargaya is a Mon word. It literally means Khayebin Kyaung. The Bagaya monastery was built on the southwest of Inwa palace on 1593. During Hsin Phyu Shin's reign (1763-1776, Atwinwun Mahathirijeyathankhya, town officer of Magwe built the monastery in the Bagaya monastic establishment and dedicated to Shin Dhammabhinanda.
During King Bagyidaw (1819-1837) the great fire broke out to Kontha quarter, to the south of the palace on 15 April 1821 and Hluttaw, tooth relic tower, watch tower and to northern gate caught fire and seemed that the Bagaya monastery was burnt in the fire.The government tried to reconstruct in 1992. It intends to build a gadhakuti special shrine for the use of Buddha image and Pitaka scriptures. So it put the new Brick building in the place of the old monastery. It was recorded that the monastery was constructed on the model of the old monastery.
The grand Bagaya monastery, decorated with splendid Myanma architectural works, is in the ancient city of Innwa.King Bagyidaw of Innwa era built the Bagaya monastery at the confluence of the Ayeyawady and the Myitnge rivers in 1196 Myanma Era.
The site of the monastery is about 11 miles from the Mandalay City. The grand Bagaya Monastery has a three-tiered roof and its adjacent religious lecture hall, in the eastern side of the monastery, has a seven-tiered roof. The monastery has 267 teak posts. The largest teak post is 9 feet in circumference. The post is 60 feet high. The monastery is 118 feet long and 103 feet wide. The monastery has tour brick stairs.
The entire building of the monastery is decorated with carvings, floral arabesques, the ornamentation with curved figurines and the reliefs of birds and animals as well as small pillars on the wall decorated with tunnery, the artistic works of Innwa Era. Large teak of the doors monastory are also beautifully dsigned with sculptures and reliefs.
There is a reverential statue on a throne in the Marabin or a large hall with its partition reaching from the floor to the ceiling of the monastery. The statue was sculptured with the handiwork of Innwa Era. The grand Bagaya monastery is still existing today in its original form. All the Myanmar nationals can be proud of the splendid monastery which is like an ancient arts museum.