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Founded by Gyoki. Originally this temple was off limits to women ( nyonin kinsei ); but, when Kukai was training here his mother, Tamayori Gozen, came to visit. She could not proceed past the gate, so Kukai performed an esoteric rite for 17 days and was able to successfully stop this restriction and bring her on to the temple grounds.
In 815, Kukai stayed here and carved a statue of Jizo. This is one of the `spiritual checkpoint` ( sekisho ) temples. In 1803, a woman called Okyo from Shimane Prefecture, who, after killing her husband, came with her lover to Shikoku to make the pilgrimage. When she reached this temple, her hair got entwined in the bell rope. She called for help and asked for repentance. This hair is on display to the right of the Daishi Hall. The paintings on the ceiling of the Main Hall were created by the Tokyo University of the Arts in 1977.
When Kukai visited this place in 798, he saw two white cranes, a male and female, which were protecting a 6cm statue of Jizo Bosatsu with their wings. Kukai carved a 90cm-high statue of Jizo, put the smaller figure inside and enshrined it as the main deity.
The large temple grounds are covered with enormous trees that create a mystic atmosphere. This temple located on a mountain ( 618m ) is called `Western Koya-san` because its buildings were similar to those at Mt. Koya-san. Kukai states in his book Sango Shiiki ( 798 ) that he spent time training here. In 1992, a ropeway was built to reach the summit.
Kukai dug a well here with his staff, and white, milky water ( hakusui ) was drawn up, and it proved to be effective in curing all sorts of sicknesses. Also, it is believed that the water will bring good fortune. There are many stories of people with leg problems who have come here and been healed, so one can see various canes and casts given by those who have been cured.
Founded by Gyoki. In 815, at the age of 42, Kukai visited this temple, prayed that misfortune would not come upon himself and others, and carved the Yakushi Nyorai statue. There are 42 steps for men and 33 for women. On each step, many people leave a small monetary donation and pray for good fortune.