達谷窟毘沙門堂 別當達谷西光寺

日本語

Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamondô

There is a legend that this Buddha was carved by Minamoto no Yoshiie firing arrows at the sandstone cliff, but the figure probably dates from the Muromachi era. The 16.5m- high Buddha is one of five large Buddhas in Japan and is known as the Northern Rock Buddha. It is called Amida Butsu and commemorates the deaths of soldiers in two local wars in the 11th century. Originally a full figure representing the seated Buddha in heaven, the lower part was destroyed by an earthquake in 1896. Even now, continual maintenance is needed to protect it against the effects of weather.
You are requested to pray with hands together to show respect for ten thousand souls.

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Betto Takkoku Seikôji

Aza Hitazawa 16, Hiraizumi-cho,
Nishi Iwai-gun, Iwate-ken
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