Sunday, November 18, 2012

Shikoku 88 Temple 17 Idoji


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Temple 17, Idoji, was founded under orders of Emperor Temmu in the 7th Century.

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The main deity is Yakushi, the healing Buddha, and there are 7 statues of Yakushi Nyori supposedly carved by Shotoku Taishi.

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Idoji means "Well Temple" and refers to the legend that when Kukai visited here he dug a well with his staff and renamed the temple.

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The temple was burned down several times and rebuilt in the 17th Century, but the present concrete structures only date from the 1970's.

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