Day 32: No.82 Negoro-ji (根香寺)

Old but well preserved pilgrimage route

From Shiromine-ji to Negoro-ji, I followed one of the few classic pilgrimage routes in Kagawa. There are old wells along the way and it is a nice pilgrimage route with a nice atmosphere.

Local children saved their money to buy these sweets for Osettai

At the resting stop near Negoro-ji, there was a women-only henro hut and local children were offering sweets that they had saved up to buy for Osettai.

The main gate of No.82 Negoro-ji

The straw sandals dedicated to the main gate and Nio-statue

Just when I was arriving at the temple, a group of tour pilgrims who were probably at Shiromine-ji arrived… so I took my time and took some pictures so that I could visit the temple after they finished their prayers.

The main gate was a bit unusual in that both the Nio statue and the starw sandals are placed on the front side.

More than 33000 Kannon are enshrined

The stone wall next to the stairs leading to the main temple looked like a castle wall. The Taishi-do is unique with its vermilion color. And instead of approaching the main temple directly, I went through a corridor with so many Kannon statues.

The main temple of No.82 Negoro-ji

There was still a group of tour pilgrims praying at the main temple. They were quite many, so I felt it would be difficult to pray on my own pace unless they finish first.

There’re many pilgrims reciting Heart Sutra at Taishi-do

I finished to worship at the main temple and went towards Taishi-do, then I noticed that my Kongo-zue was not there where I put… Someone in the tour must have taken it by mistake, so I hurried to go down before they left.

One of elder lady took mine by mistake but she didn’t even apologize and just laughed at me… I was bit tired because of this accident 🙁

Before praying at the temple, pilgrims put the Kongo-zue like this

Five Great Myoo – Fudo Myoo, Gozanze Yasha Myoo, Daiitoku Myoo, Gundari Myoo and Kongoyasha Myoo

Ushioni (ox demon) is a specter orally handed down in western Japan

Interesting thing at Negoro-ji was this statue of an ox demon, which was said to be a monster that ate people in this area in the past. What an amazing statue.

The temple stamp of No.82 Negoro-ji

Dedicated toSenjyu-Kanzeon-Bosatsu (千手観世音菩薩)
Founded byKobo-Daishi (弘法大師)
DenominationTendai-sect (天台宗)
Mantraおん ばざらたらま きりく そわか
On Bazaratarama Kiriku Sowaka
Next templeNo.83 Ichinomiya-ji (11.9 Km away)
Previous templeNo.81 Shiromine-ji (5.0 Km away)
No.82 Negoro-ji