Day 26: No.59 Kokubun-ji (国分寺)

An old sign post between Senyu-ji and Kokubun-ji

An archaeological site ?

Senyu-ji is about 250 meters above sea level, and the descent is pretty tough. On the way to Kokubun-ji, I found a lot of stone old sign posts which show the route of the pilgrimage. I also passed an archaeological site of some kind, but I wondered what it was.

There’re two stone lanterns instead of a main gate

As written before, there’re Kokubun-ji in each 4 prefectures, and this is the 3rd one I visited during this pilgrimage, the one for Iyo. This Kokubun-ji does not have a main gate, but instead has something like stone lanterns.

Shaking hands with Kobo-Daishi

Pharmacist’s vessel

In the precincts, what caught my eye was the statue of Kobo-Daishi and a shiny black stone vessel labeled “Yakushi no Tsubo (Pharmacist’s vessel)”. It is said that if you touch it while chanting the words of Yakushi Nyorai, your wish for that part of your body will come true.

Interestingly, the statue of Kobo-Daishi is holding out his hand, and it is said to be good if you pray only one wish while shaking his hand.

The main temple of No.59 Kokubun-ji


The temple stamp of No.59 Kokubun-ji

Dedicated toYakushi-Ruriko-Nyorai (薬師瑠璃光如来)
Founded byGyoki-Bosatsu (行基菩薩)
DenominationShingon-risshu (真言律宗)
Mantraおん ころころ せんだり まとうぎ そわか
On Korokoro Sendari Matougi Sowaka
Next templeNo.60 Yokomine-ji (27.0 Km away)
Previous templeNo.58 Senyu-ji (6.1 Km away)
No.59 Kokubun-ji