BLOGWalking2021.07.06

Dairen-ji Temple for Lotus, Running Monk, and Praying Safe Childbirth

You know, the Gion Festival, a festival of Yasaka-jinja Shrine.

It's a month of Gion Festival, a festival at Yasaka-jinja Shrine, but it's been quiet this year as well.

Why don't you think about the temple that used to be at the location of Yasaka-jinja Shrine?

Until the Ordinance Distinguishing Shinto and Buddhism of the Meiji Restoration, it is said that there was a temple called 'Gion-sha Kanjinin' at the current location of Yasaka-jinja Shrine.

The name "Gion" in Kyoto is said to come from this Gion-sha Shrine.

This time, I would like to introduce a temple that had a deep connection with Gion-sha Shrine in the Edo period.

It is also known as the "Temple of Prayer for Safe Childbirth" at "Dairen-ji Temple" in Higashiyama Nijo.

Due to Haibutsu-kishaku (a movement to abolish Buddhism) in the Meiji period, Gion-sha Shrine was abolished.

At that time, it is said that all Buddha statues and Buddhist altar fittings that were in Kankei-ji Temple of Gion-sha were moved to Dairen-ji Temple.

Bhaisajyaguru, an important cultural property that was the principal image of Gion-sha Shrine, is a hidden Buddhist statue and cannot be seen.

The 11 Kannon Pilgrimage, The No. 8 fudasho (temple where amulets are collected) of the Rakuyo 33 is said to be open to visitors throughout the year.

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Amitabha Tathagata, the principal image of Dairen-ji Temple, is called 'An-san' (Safe Childbirth) and is said to bring divine favor for safe childbirth.

In the Edo period, Emperor Gokomyo ordered Dairen-ji Temple to pray for the safe delivery of Naishi no suke (a court lady of the first rank) Hideko NIWATA.

It is said that it became the place of imperial prayer for Emperor Gokomyo because the first princess Takako was born safely.

In the Meiji and Taisho periods, the temple became a topic of conversation as a temple of 'Hashiri Bo-san' (Running Monk) who ran around inside and outside of the capital Kyoto.

At that time, it was a monk of Dairen-ji Temple who ran to deliver charms to pregnant women who had difficulty in walking.

It is said that 'Hashiri Bo-san (Running Monk)' ran through his life as a messenger of Dairen-ji Temple and Amida Nyorai (Amitabha Tathagata) .

At present, a "amulet of good health of legs and waist" of "Hashiri Bo-san" (Running Monk) is awarded at the temple office.

In Kyoto, the birthplace of the Ekiden (Road Relay Race), it is said to be highly worshipped by citizen runners and athletes.

It is also good to deliver like 'Hashiri Bo-san (Running Monk)' it to family and friends who feel uneasy about their legs and waists.

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Dairen-ji Temple is said to be built at Gojo Wakamiya (around present-day Gojo Nishinotoin) in 1600.

In 1945, it was relocated to its current location, Higashiyama Nijo, due to forced evacuation during the war.

As the name suggests, it is also known as the "Temple of the Lotus" and the blooming season lasts from late June to mid-August.

There are more than 40 flower lotus pots on the grounds, and you can enjoy colorful flowers from early to late blooming.

Every year, lotus flowers said to be at its best after the rainy season, and the flowers bloom rapidly during the fine season.

In July, the end of rainy season, the peak season begins around 7 AM to 10 o'clock on a day when the summer heat continues.

The end of rainy season in Kyoto in an average year is around the time after Yamahoko Junko (Parade of decorated floats) in the Gion Matsuri Festival.

I think how about this year?

When we think about lotus flowers that bloom beautifully under the sun, we may be able to ​put up with the heat.

The blooming situation is uploaded on Dairen-ji Temple's official website and YouTube channel.

If we have a hard time going out, how about enjoying the flowers of lotus while we are at home?


Dairen-ji Temple 457 Higashiyamanijo-nishi-iru 1-sujime-sagaru, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City each 5 minutes from Higashiyama Nijo or Higashiyama Nio-mon City bus stop

Dairen-ji Temple's official website

Dairen-ji Temple's YouTube channel


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