14 Jiko-in 慈光院(じこういん)

Denomination:  Soto (曹洞宗)

Main Image:  Amida Nyorai (阿弥陀如来)

Location:  Nirayama-Tada, Izunokuni (伊豆の国市韮山多田)

IMG_9094Originally a Shingon temple in its inception, legend has it that a dragon lived in the nearby rice paddies. There is no record of how, but the people overcame the dragon and exterminated it. After this, people became plagued with a contagious disease.

IMG_9101They decided to have a memorial service to honour the defeated dragon as it was believed to be the cause of the villagers’ suffering. In 1510, they gave the dragon a posthumous name, a jizo son made by Kobo Daishi became the main image, and the temple was re-established as part of the Soto denomination.

Kobodaishi -- Founder of the Shingon Sect

Kobodaishi — Founder of the Shingon Sect

Annual Dragon Festival on Children's Day

Annual Dragon Festival on Children’s Day

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