Strike the evil spirit in your body
Pray for the omens of good fortune
To the right of the welcoming Daishi is the statue of Kisshō Tennyo, the princess and principle deity Bishamonten. This is the name of the temple. As a Buddha of Heaven who removes all poverty and brings great wealth, she has gathered great devotion. It is said that there is are benefits if you pass under this statue “Kuguri Tennyo”, and she is popular with many people under the name of “Kichijou Tennyo” (as “kichi” can mean “luck”). This elegant standing figure is impressive. * Image 1
It is a stone about 1m in height to the right of the hand basin. There is a hole with a diameter of 30-40cm below the center. * Image 2
History and origin of Kichijoji
In the Shikoku Pilgrimage, Kichijoji is the only place where the principle deity is Bishamonten.
Kobo Daishi visited this region during the first year of the Kōnin era, and at that time, Daishi found a cypress that radiated light, and felt that the whole area was full of spirit. Daishi sculpted the statue of Bishamonten, for the main sanctuary, with this sacred tree, and also engraved and enshrined the Kichijōten statue and the Zennishidōji statues as flanking deities, and built temple to pray for relief from poverty.
The temple at that time was in Mt. Sakamoto, southeast of the present location, and had about 21 sub-temples in this large temple area. However, all was burned down in 1585, the 13th year of the Tenshō era, due to the attack by Hideyoshi Toyotomi. Later, in 1659, the 2nd year of the Manji era, during the Edo period, it was reported that it was merged with Sugi-ji Temple, and moved to its current location, and rebuilt.
There is “Maria Kannon Statue” (secret) as a temple treasure. It is a beautiful white sculpture with a height of about 30cm. It comes from the captain of a Spanish ship which was wrecked off of Tosa was given to Motochika Chōsokabe. He did not know it was the image of Maria, or the strict prohibitions against Christianity, but handed it down as a beautiful Kannon statue like Kichijoten for generations. Having escaped damage throughout the ages, the temple also preserves the “Twelve Devas” folding screen from the Kamakura period (1185-1333) and the “Amitabha Triad of Yamakoshi Statue” (colored on paper) from the Muromachi period (1333-1573).
The highlights of Kichijoji
- Bishamonten (“Tanten,” which is the northern part of the four heavenly kings, is worshiped as a Buddha of world interest
- Fulfillment stone (A stone about 1m in height to the right of the hand basin with a hole of 30-40cm in diameter below the center.
- Kikuri Kichijoten (It is said that if you pass, you will get rid of your poverty and receive a wealthy treasure.)
Annual events at Kichijoji
- Bishamonten first ceremonies (Goma offering)
- Date: January 3
- Flower Festival (Amacha entertainment)
- Date: Old April 8
Temple 63 Fudasho: Mikkyozan Taizoin Kichijyoji
- Shingon Buddhism Toji School
- Kobo Daishi
- Kōnin era (810-824)
- On beishiramandaya sowaka
- 1048 Himi Otsu, Saijo, Ehime 793-0072
- None * There is a pay parking lot nearby.
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From Iyo-Komatsu Interchange, take National Route 11 towards Saijo City, on the left just after the Himi-Komae intersection.
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