At the end of the gently curving path up to the temple stands the Kannon Hall of Kinsho-ji Temple, which houses the eleven-faced Kannon Bodhisattva, the principal deity of the temple. The temple was originally painted in vermilion, but the color has peeled off here and there. It seems that all the parts that can be touched by hand have been peeled off. However, this made me feel the history of the temple.
When I stood in front of the Kannon Hall, I looked up, but the door was firmly closed and I could not see the eleven-faced Kannon Bodhisattva sitting inside. It was a shame, but when I turned my gaze to the side, I saw a soft-faced Kannon sitting there.
This Kannon is a different Kannon from the main Kannon statue in the temple, and is called the "Child-rearing Kannon statue." The statue was donated by the congregation. This is why it is enshrined on the porch and has a roof over its head, but it is not enshrined in a building. Even though it is the same Kannon, it is treated quite differently from the eleven-faced Kannon Bodhisattva, but that can't be helped. At any rate, the main image is said to have been created by Gyoki Bosatsu, one of the "Four Saints" of Todai-ji Temple.
|Dec 2021 SAITAMA STILL LIFE|
|BUDDHA STATUE CHICHIBU TEMPLE|
December 8, 2021
Still Life Photography
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