Todai-ji Buddhist Temple Japan
Todai-ji Buddhist Temple Japan is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara”, along with seven other sites including temples, shrines and places in the city of Nara. Deer are regarded as messengers of the gods in the Shinto religion, hundreds roam the grounds and parks around the temple.
Many school children
Half the crowd were school children enjoying this beautiful temple.
During the Tenpyō era, Japan suffered from a series of disasters and epidemics. It was after experiencing these problems that Emperor Shōmu issued an edict in 741 to promote the construction of provincial temples throughout the nation.
An awesome breathtaking building
Todai-ji Buddhist Temple Japan is one of the most impressive temples I have seen in Japan.
Magnificent huge statues at Todai-ji Buddhist Temple.
Daibutsu of Tōdai-ji
The principal image of the temple, a colossal bronze statue popularly called the Nara Daibutsu (Great Buddha of Nara), completed in 752, it was installed in its daibutsuden (great Buddha hall). The image embodied the Buddha Birushana who was regarded by the Kegon sect as the cosmic, central Buddha. Over the centuries the icon was severely damaged several times and finally restored to its present form in 1692. Most of the extant Todaiji buildings are restorations of earlier structures.
Bodhisattva statue Kokuzo Bosatsu
Bodhisattva statue Kokuzo Bosatsu inside the Daibutsuden Great Buddha Hall at Todaiji Temple in Nara.
Todai-ji Buddhist Temple
Guardian statue inside the temple
The attention to detail is incredible.
Another Guardian statue inside the temple
A very frightening appearance.
Models of temple buildings
These models help put the scale into perspective.
Column at the Todai-ji Buddhist Temple
There is a square hole at the base of this massive wooden column where for some unknown reason people crawl through. There is always a friend at the other side to take the obligatory photo of course. 🙂
Fat kid through the hole
For a while there I didn’t think this fat kid would make it. 🙂
Hundreds of deer roam the area near the temple
Deer are regarded as messengers of the gods in the Shinto religion, hundreds roam the grounds around the temple.
Pindola (Binzuru) statue
According to the earliest Indian sutra‘s Pindola Bharadvaja was one of four Arhats asked by the Buddha to remain in the world to propagate Buddhist law (Dharma). Each of the four was associated with one of the four compass directions.
Pindola is said to have excelled in the mastery of occult and psychic powers. He was once remonstrated by Buddha for misusing his powers to impress simple, ignorant people.
There was an iat either end of the long walkway.
I really enjoyed my visit to the Todai-ji Buddhist Temple.
Somebody is safe when I have my camera
Very cute indeed. 🙂
There are deer everywhere.
So tame and used to being hand fed.
Such a beautiful temple
Totally impressive and well worth the visit.
Todai-ji Buddhist Temple
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