Day 31: No.76 Konzo-ji (金倉寺)

The main gate of No.76 Konzo-ji


The main temple of No.76 Konzo-ji

The precincts of Konzo-ji are quite large, and the first thing I saw was a number of large camphor trees. In front of the main temple, which has quite wide roof, there is something sparkling. As I approached, it turned out to be Daikokuten (a god of wealth) covered with gold leaf.

Daikokuten (A god of wealth) with gold leaf pasted on it


Not only Kobo-Daishi, but also Chisho-Daishi seem to be enshrined in Taishi-do

At Konzo-ji, there are a lot of koban-shaped ema (votive tablets) dedicated to it. As the translation of its name (金倉) is “gold storehouse”, in essence, that’s what it is.

The red lanterns in Taishi-do are unique, and interestingly according to the board, this Taishi-do seem to enshrine two Daishi i.e Kobo-Daishi and Chisho-Daishi.

Karitei-do – Kishimojin (goddess of childbirth) is enshrined

Chisho-Daishi was born in this area. According to the legend, when Chisho-Daishi was five years old, Kishimojin appeared in front of him in the form of a celestial maiden and told him, “If you are going to enter the Buddhist path in the future, I will protect you forever.”

The temple stamp of No.76 Konzo-ji

Dedicated toYakushi-Nyorai (薬師如来)
Founded byWakeno-Dozen (和気道善)
DenominationShingon-sect Daigo-group (真言宗醍醐派)
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.77 Doryu-ji (3.9 Km away)
Previous templeNo.75 Zentsu-ji (3.8 Km away)
No.76 Konzo-ji