SANJUSANGEN-DO TEMPLE (RENGEO-IN): Houses 1001 (Oh, Yes! 1001 of them!) images of Kannon (goddess of mercy) in its elongated main hall. This temple is also the LONGEST WOODEN STRUCTURE IN THE WORLD. The main image of Kannon (with 1000 arms) was carved by the 82-year old Tankai in 1254. The other 1000 images are of smaller size. The goddess of mercy was believed to have 33 manifestations. Hence, the believers & the faithful would have invoked the mercy of 33033 Kannons!
Sanjusangen-do derived its name from the sanjusan (meaning 33 in Japanese) spaces between the building's pillars. Why 33 precisely? Anyone?
It features 1,001 statues of the Goddess of Mercy: the main one carved by the master sculptor Tankei at age 82. First built in 1664; rebuilt in 1266. The rear archery field is still used for special occasions. Unfortantely, we can't take any photos when we were inside the temple, so this is a picture taken outside the temple. The pictures in my travelogue are from the brochue.
1,001 statues of Goddess of Mercy! Each one of them have different faces & unique in their own way!
Temple built in 12th century. Initially temple contained 124 small statues. In 13th century statues were added till 1001 units were reached. First row of statues are impressions of different gods (Thunder, Wind, ...). Each one of them being remarkable pieces of art!
Famous for its 1,000 statutes of Budhhist Kannons each with 40 arms said to be saving 25 worlds with each arm.
Main hall is over 100 meters length of wooden structure; the houses of 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. But the statues face are grim, not kind.
Go here for the 1,001 statues of the goddess of mercy.built in 1162and rebuilt in 1266...just some years ago!
Sanjusangen-do temple is a very long building! And in it, there exsist more than thousand religious statues!!