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Saiho-ji, Kyoto

Saiho-ji Overview

Saiho-ji in Kyoto is a Buddhist Temple retaining the most sacred painted scroll of Amida Buddha. The scroll is placed in the main temple of the Saiho-ji. The holy painting of Amida Buddha is known as the Johgi Nyorai. The painting is said to bring good luck to all those who pray for the happiness of their families such as childbirth, marriage, success at work among others. Besides this, many people are attracted by the virtues of Buddha and come to pay their tribute.

 

Places of interest

  • Sanmon, Main Gate: Built in 1931, the gate’s front calligraphy was done by the 13th prime minister of japan: Mr. Minoru Saito. The gate has two Kongorikishi (Masculine images) on both sides to protect it. 
  • Hondo, Main Hall: The hall is made without using bails or bolts. It is testimony of supreme skills as its wood withstands every natural calamity. Around six-seven prayers are conducted at the hall each day. 
  • Sadayoshi-Do, Mausoleum for Sadayoshi Taira: This place is built on the grave of its founder Sadayoshi Taira to honor his will. The place has many sculptures that are beautifully crafted.
  • Goju no tou Five-storied Pagoda: It is a spiritual shrine and a Buddhist symbol for the eternal peace of humankind.

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