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Each morning before dawn, hundreds of pilgrims ascend the shrine's 365 steps and file past the gilded Vajra  and two lions guarding the entrance. They then begin a series of clockwise circumambulations of the stupa which is decorated with a pair of big eyes. These eyes are symbolic of God's all-seeing perspective. There is no nose between the eyes but rather a representation of the number one , signifying that the single way to enlightenment is by the Buddhist path. Above each pair of eyes is a third eye, signifying the wisdom of looking within. There is no ears portrayed on the shrine, indicating that Buddha has no wish to hear prayers in praise of him.
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