Day 31: No.73 Shusshaka-ji (出釈迦寺)

The main gate of No.73 Shusshaka-ji

A little further up from Mandala-ji, there is Shusshaka-ji. This temple is also small, and interestingly, the main temple and Taishi-do are attached to each other.

The main temple of No.73 Shusshaka-ji


The main temple and Taishi-do are cramped together 🙂

The place to worship in the direction of “Shashin-ga-dake”

The inner temple, Shashin-ga-dake-zenjyo, looks actually interesting, but it requires more than 50 minutes climbing, so I gave up this time and worship from here.

The explanation of “Shashin-ga-dake”

When Kobo-Daishi was seven years old, he climbed Mt.Gahaishi and said, “In the future, I would like to enter the Buddhist monastery, spread the teachings of Buddha, and save many people. If my wish would be fulfilled, please show yourself to me, Shakyamuni Buddha. If my wish would not be fulfilled, I will give up my life and dedicate my body”. He then threw himself down from the precipice.

A purple cloud appeared, and Shakyamuni Buddha and a celestial maiden clad in feathers descended and embraced Kobo-Daishi in the cloud. Kobo-Daishi’s life was saved and his wishes were shown to come true. After that, Kobo-Daishi built the hall (Shasin-ga-dake-zenjyo) at the top of Mt.Gahaishi.

Nice view of Sanuki Plain from Shusshaka-ji

The temple stamp of No.73 Shusshaka-ji

Dedicated toShaka-Nyorai (釈迦如来)
Founded byKobo-Daishi (弘法大師)
DenominationShingon-sect Omuro-group (真言宗御室派)
Mantraのうまく さんまんだ ぼだなん ばく
Noumaku Sanmanda Bodanan Baku
Next templeNo.74 Kouyama-ji (2.2 Km away)
Previous templeNo.72 Mandara-ji (0.6 Km away)
No.73 Shusshaka-ji