深大寺

深沙堂

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The Jinja Hall 深沙堂

The Jinja hall is a shrine and is derived from “Jindaiji” the name of the temple and worships the statue of “Jinjadaio”.

It is a “Syncretization of Shinto with Buddhism” which was Japan’s religion up until the Meiji period.
“Syncretization of Shinto with Buddhism”; Buddhism was introduced in the late 6th century.
It became the Japanese state religion according to national policies.
However, Buddha was transformed into a Japanese deity, a new different form of god, and coexisted with the Shinto gods.

The “Jinjadaio” is in one of the Buddhist guardian deity, and his power alienates bad luck or the plague.
According to the classic Chinese literature, “Journey to the West” in 16th century, he is called “Sa Gojo”, known as a “water buffalo” and protected the Chinese monk who sought for “Holy scripture of Buddhism” in a desert.

Jinja Hall was rebuilt in 1968 and the original year is unknown.

The statue of Jinjadaio: The statue of “Jinjadaio” is a masterpiece of the Kamakura period (1185 – 1333), but it has not been open to the public because it is a secret saint in Buddhism.
It is 57cm heights with a chest ornament of the skull and wears the traditional Japanese men’s pants made out of the elephant skin.
His facial expression is full of rage. 

Behind the temple, there is a water source involved in the legend of Jindaiji.