BLOGWalking2022.01.03

"A-un no Tora" at Kurama-dera Temple

Happy New Year.

The year 2022 is "Mizunoe-Tora" which occurs once in 60 years.

We will deliver "A New Kyoto to Learn to Live in" again this year, thank you in advance.

From New Year's Eve to New Year's Day, it snowed heavily in Kyoto, and the new year was marked by silver.

I think there were many people who went out for Hatsumode in the snow.

I took the Eizan train and cable car to Kurama-dera Temple, which stands halfway up Mt. Kurama.

This temple is known for its Koma-tora (guardian tigers) called "あうんの虎 (A-un no Tora)".

The Gohonzon (principal image of Buddha) of Kurama-dera Temple are Goho Maoson (vitality), Bishamonten (Komyo), and Senju Kanzeon Bosatsu (Jiai).

These three deities are enshrined as "Sonten (cosmic energy)" of the three bodies.

Among them, Bishamonten is said to have appeared in the year of the "虎の年・虎の月・虎の日・虎の刻 (Tiger, the month of the Tiger, the day of the Tiger, and the hour of the Tiger)".

That is why tigers, messengers of Bishamonten, are valued at Kurama-dera Temple.

In Kurama-dera Temple, two Koma-tora are enshrined.

First of all, just after getting off at Kurama Station on the Eizan Electric Railway, a stone Koma-tora is welcomed in front of Nio-mon Gate.

And it is a bronze Komatora that you can meet in front of the main hall of Kurama-dera Temple.

Both of them look valiant and glares at me, and I feel that they will attack all infectious diseases.

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"A-un" is written as "阿吽" and is said to represent the beginning and end of a thing (the whole universe).

In Mt. Kurama, people say, "Everything is in Sonten." and they pray for good luck due to their evil deeds.

The amulet of "Aun no Tora," which is given only in the new year, is said to be effective as a charm against evil.

The size is bigger than I thought, and it has an outstanding presence when you decorate it at the entrance.

"阿形 (A-gata)" with its mouth open is displayed on the right, and "吽 (Un-gata)" with its mouth closed is displayed on the left.

This yellow "A-un no Tora" is also drawn on Ema (votive tablet) in the precincts.

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Kurama-dera Temple is located in the middle of the mountain, so the snow is much deeper than in the town.

Snow brings out the beauty of temples and shrines, but you need to be careful when you visit them.

Especially the feet are slippery, so please take measures such as wearing boots.

From Kurama Station of Eizan Electric Railway, there is also a hiking trail that goes up the mountain path.

I recommend you to visit the shrine slowly when the plants are sprouting.


Kurama-dera Temple
1074 Kurama Honmachi, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City
Transfer to a cable car at Kurama Station of Eizan Electric Railway, and 10 minutes walk from Cable-Tahoto Station (to the Kurama-dera Temple main shrine).


Here is for The Great Ema of Toyokuni-jinja Shrine and "Shofuku Byakko"

Here is for A temple dedicated to tigers

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