Kawasaki Daishi is well-known as a nationwide as Yakuyoke Daishi (Great teacher for warding off evil). Actually it is commonly known as Kawasaki Daishi, the official name is “Kongosan Kinjoin Heikenji Temple”. Like the Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and the Takaosan Yakuo-in Temple, it is the head temple of “Chizan School of Shingon Sect”. It is a historic temple that celebrated its 890th foundation in 2017. In addition to warding off evil, it is famous as a place of worship of Hatsumode (the practice of visiting a shrine or a temple during the New Year), and many visitors come from all over the country at the beginning of the year.
“Dai Sanmon” (Big temple gate) was built in 1977. Four Buddha statues are placed, Jikokuten (Dhrtarastra) in the east of the gate, Komokuten (Virupaksa) in the west, Zochoten (Virudhaka) in the south and Tamonten (Vaisravana) in the north. First of all, let’s go through this gate first while being watched by the Buddha statue.
There is “Tsuru no Ike” (Pond of Crane) that the crane was flying in the past when you walked a bit from “Octagon Five-storey Pagoda”. There is “Yasuragi Bridge” by the side. In the handrail, Sanskrit is engraved one character at a time, indicating the stage until the training is completed.
Crossing “Yasuragi Bridge” and proceeding to the back is “Yakushiden Hall”. Unlike other buildings, Indian style architecture attracts attention. In “Yakushiden Hall”, the “Junishinsho” (the twelve protective deities) that protects the image of “Yakushi Nyorai” (Healing Buddha), which is said to heal diseases and disorders of the body, is enshrined.
At Kawasaki Daishi, “Gomakito” is held every day at Main Hall every day. “Goma” is a Sansaku word “homa”, burning human affection with the wisdom fire of the Buddha. Here, from great purification prayers, praying for better fortune such as well-being of the family and business prosper, people will wish and worship.
|Name:||Kawasaki Daishi Heikenji Temple|
|Address:||4-48 Daisahi-cho, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 210-8521, Japan|
|Access:||Keikyu Daishi-sen Line “Kawasakidaishi-eki Station” (5 minutes walk)|