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Founded by Gyoki Bosatsu ( 668-749 ), Kukai later came and prayed for the farmers who were suffering from natural disasters and the spread of sickness. The characters for this temple come from a sacred mountain ( reizan ) in India where Buddha gave sermons on Buddhism.
This temple was founded by Gyoki; however Kukai carved the main deity Amida Nyorai - the deity of light. In ancient times, it is said that this light reached the sea and prevented the fisherman from catching fish, so a small hill was built in front of the image. On the grounds, there is a large cedar tree which is said to give one a longer life. People also come here to pray for an easy childbirth.
Founded by Gyoki. Kukai later repaired the buildings and renamed it to its present name. The Gold Well ( Kosen ) , beside the Daishi Hall, is why this temple was called Kosenji. If you can see your face in the reflection, it is said you will live until 92. If not, you will die within 3 years. However, during daylight hours, you are guaranteed to see your face.
Kukai carved a statue of Dainichi Nyorai here and is said to have founded this temple. Throughout its history, this temple went through a continual cycle of disuse and reconstruction. The Main Hall and Daishi Hall are connected via a walkway, and 33 Senju Kannnon statues are on display.
Kukai founded this temple in 811. There are five temples that have Jizo Bosatsu as its main deity; however, this is the only one with Shogun Jizo Bosatsu. The Inner Sanctum contains the 500 Rakan ( arhats: enlightened disciples of Buddha ) statues. As well, there are two wells where you can hear the sound of one drop of water as it reaches the water below. One is beside the Main Hall and the other well is close to the stairs inside the Main Gate.
In the past, there used to be a hot spring here and people would come from all around to bathe. In 811, Kukai carved a Yakushi Nyorai statue and founded this temple. On the temple grounds, there are 33 types of deity statues and a pine tree ( sakamatsu ) , which supposedly grew over a bow left by a hunter. It has grown to resemble the shape of Kukai in training.
In order for Kukai to obtain the 10 pleasures ( juraku ) in Buddhist paradise, he gave this temple this name. To the left of the Main Hall is a statue of Jizo Bosatsu, which is believed to cure eye problems. As well, there are another 70 Jizo Bosatsu figures for the memorial of stillborn children ( mizuko ).
Kukai carved a large statue of Senju Kanzeon Bosatsu and placed smaller similar statues inside it. This event marked the founding of this temple. In 1687, the Main Gate was built about 200m away. As well, in the gardens, there is a pine tree which looks like a dragon ( garyu no matsu ).
Kukai learned that there was a white snake living in a valley nearby that protected Buddhists, so he carved a statue of Shaka Nyorai and founded this temple. The main deity is made in the Nehan style ( reclining position ) and is the only one along the Shikoku Pilgrimage. In the Main Hall, many straw sandals ( waraji ) have been hung by people wishing for a cure for ailments.
When Kukai passed by this area, he asked for some old clothes; however, a young woman presented him with a brand new kimono. The woman said to Kukai that she would like to become a saint and save people. She left home and, the legend says, that shortly thereafter was transformed into a Senju Kannon ( Goddess of Mercy ). The large tower was moved here from Sumiyoshi Shrine in Osaka in 1873.