255 statues of Kannon, the Buddhist deity of compassion, are erected

The temple is the 77th temple of the sacred places in Shikoku.
At the beginning of the Nara period, Lord Wakenomichikata, from a powerful clan in the region, cut down a large mulberry tree and built a temple to enshrine a small statue of Bhaisajyaguru Buddha as its principal object of worship. This incident is regarded as the origin of the sacred places.