‘Kawanaka-Fudo’ standing close by ‘Tennen-ji’ Buddhist temple in Bungotakada City, Oita Prefecture, is a ‘Fudo’ triad Buddhist image.
‘Tennen-ji’, one of the most important Buddhist temples in the Kunisaki Peninsula, was built in the 8th century. Being suitable to the vintage temple, the old Buddhist image designated as an important cultural asset is enshrined here. There are many unusually shaped large rocks and cliffs in this vicinity, as known for the scenic beauty.
As shown in the picture, Kawanaka Fudo stands in the water of the Naga-Iwaya River, flowing beside Tennen-ji Temple. Fudo triad consists of Fudo-Myoo in the center with the height of 3.7 meters and a smaller Buddhist image on both sides. This triad is thought to be built in the 16th century, with a prayer that the flooding river may subside. A good view of colorful carp in the clear water offers beautiful scenery all the year.
Posted by Masahisa Takaki.
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