Nestled in Mount Otowa, east of the center of Kyoto, Kiyomizu Buddhist temple is one of the most famous sights of the city, attracting millions of visitors each year. Pagoda current works dating from the 15th century until the 17th century, but there is a temple in the year 778. Kiyomizu Temple was built entirely without nails and high up on the pillars, this temple is part of the World Heritage site and give visitors beautiful scenery and history.
Through Deva gate red and yellow, and go up a steep incline to the temple. Guests have two roads to go to the temple, along each path are stalls selling snacks, local pottery, incense and souvenirs. The lobby is the features of the temple, and is a place of worship Bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva.
Pilgrims visited the shrine from hundreds of years ago. To meet the needs of pilgrims, a porch was built in the Main Hall of the Edo period (1603-1868). The large pillars supporting cedar panels make up the porch. From here visitors can view the city and hundreds of cherry trees were planted in the gardens of the temple.
Guests can also visit the waterfall Otowa-no-taki and drink a sip of water, is said to have special uses, someone is drinking will live long, healthy and wise. Those with a romantic soul can reach Jishu Shrine, where they say that if you try to be closed from this rock to rock where you will find true love. Temple site also has a three-story gazebo and 1,000 Buddha statues made of stone. In autumn, the garden is lit so you can enjoy the vibrant colors of the maple tree in the garden.
Dera Temple Kiyomizu-annually welcomes approximately 3 million people to worship, perhaps even in the ancient capital of Kyoto, this is the most famous temple. Kiyomizu-dera name derives from water flowing into the waterfall Otowa continuous relentless clatter Otowayama mountain (in Japanese, Kiyomizu means stream). Enchin saint – the founder of this temple and laity (lay monk) Gyoei – ancestor of the temple, was ascetic under this flowing waterfall. Currently, 3 waterfall still exists.
It is believed that all three waterfalls in this place are very spiritual experience of “longevity”, “love,” “academic success”, if people worship a drink in one of three countries in the pilot line garments will come. Conversely, if you drink two sips, then the inspiration is reduced by half, but still good to drink 3 sips only a third. Moreover, if the greed that drinks in all 3 lines, will not completely spiritual experience. This is drawn from the ancient teachings. Before the sacred water in the falls, go lay hands pray church Gyoei being behind the waterfall to express respect for the solemn and sincere wish this pure water.
Power is the main national treasures, is also known for other names is “Kiyomizu arena”. This arena is the central part of the main corridors cut electricity sub – protruding from the cliff. It is supported by 139 wooden pillars zelkova and absolutely no use of nails. This is the arena is referred to in the proverb “Jumping from Kiyomizu Temple arena” (expressed determination to do something). The origin of the proverb was born this was said in the Edo period, forms of prayer by jumping from Kiyomizu stage was very prevalent. At that time, there was a popular belief that if life for Buddhist Affairs Ms. Quan and jumped into the life of prayer will come true. Currently, people use the saying “Jumping from stage Kiyomizu temple” when something needs determined implementation. Indeed, not only faith but also the motivation and courage to dare to jump from a height like that.
On the other hand, the view from this beautiful scenery no words can express it. From here can see the ancient capital of Kyoto, enjoy the scenery changes with the seasons. Also night scene here is great, should encourage people to visit at a time to light. Time to visit especially at night worship will vary by year, should learn carefully before visiting.
The temple is open daily and visitors have to pay to visit the complex. Let’s catch public transport or a taxi because there is no parking on site. Buses depart from Kyoto Station, the main hub of the city. It’s best to get there early if tourists do not want to jostle in the crowd.
By: Travel Great