Monday, November 14, 2011

Shikoku 88 Temple 3 Konsenji

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The third temple on the pilgrimage route, only a few kilometers from the second, is in Itano Town and its name means Golden Spring Temple.

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It belongs to the Shingon sect, and the main deity is Shaka Nyorai, the historical Buddha known as Sakyamuni in English.

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Legend has it that the temple was founded by Gyogi, and also that he carved the main sculpture.

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Legend has it that later when Kobo Daishi visited he struck his staff into the ground and sacred, healing water gushed forth. This same story occurs often throughout Japan.

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The temple was burned down, like so many others, by Chosokabe in the late 16th Century and was rebuilt later.

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There is a large rock in the grounds known as the Benkei Stone, that legend says was lifted by Benkei as a show of strength when he and Yoshitsune stopped here.

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