Seven Lucky Gods Pilgrimage (2)

This is Saikoji Temple.
The temple deifies Daikokuten (Mahakala). Daikokuten has a mallet bringing fortune and often stands on straw rice bags. He brings us a huge harvest and prosperity for our descendants.
Main Hall

Goshuin: Daikokuten written as calligraphy

This is Ryuanji Temple.
The temple deifies Benzaiten (Saraswati). Benzaiten is the only goddess of the Seven Lucky Gods. She has a biwa (a Japanese traditional music instrument or a four-stringed Japanese lute). She is a goddess of art, especially music, and fortune.
Benzaiten Statue

  • Main Hall, Benzaiten Hall

  • Ascetic Hall

In Ryuanji Temple, mountain priests (Buddhist priests practicing in mountains) are gathered in this temple from neighboring areas to perform Goma Kuyo (the burning of small pieces of wood on the altar to invoke divine help).

Goshuin: Dai-benzaiten written as calligraphy

Next is Enmanji Temple.
This temple deifies Fukurokuju. Fukurokuju was originally an apotheosis of three gods: the God of Fortune, God of Prosperity and God of Longevity. So, he brings us the three benefits of prosperity for our descendants, invitation for fortune, and longevity.

Goshuin: Fukurokuju-son written as calligraphy

Finally, Tokoin Temple.
This temple defies Bishamonten (Vaisravana). Bishamonten is a god of war and in Buddhism, one of the Four Heavenly Kings guarding Buddha. He wears Japanese armour and has a weapon, and battles against evil spirits. He brings us luck and success in life.

  • Main Hall

    Approach to Halls

  • Sanmon Gate

Goshuin, Bishamonten written as calligraphy

How about going on this pilgrimage of the Japanese folk religion?
I got 7 red seals to obtain 7 chances to be happy.

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