THE GIST OF THIS ARTICLE
- This page Overview, The features of the Great Buddha #1
- Page 2 The features of the Great Buddha #2
- Page 3 When and why was the Great Buddha built?
- Page 4 The way to build the Great Buddha
- Page 5 Access to Todaij temple
The following is the contents of this article.
This is the great Buddha statue in Todaji, a.k.a. Daibutsu (大仏) of (or in) Nara. The word Daibutsu means “a statue of Buddhist Deity.” Usually, Daibutsu means huge one but some small ones are also called Daibutsu. For example, the Afro Buddha in Konkai Komyoji temple is known as “Afro Daibtsu” though it is not as big as Daibutsu of Nara.
The real name of Buddha statue in Nara is “Birusyanabutsu of Rushanabutsu(毘盧遮那仏/盧遮那仏).” It is the most important Deity for Todaiji temple, was designated as a World Heritage site in 1998.
The statue is enshrined in the Kondo Hall called “Daibutsuden.” Kondo is a hall the statue(s) of Deity is placed. Datibutsuden and the statue were caught by fire two times. The last time it saw fire was 1567 and Daibtsuden we can visit today was build in 1709. The statue had spent for nearly 150 years without roof. Its floor is around 123 sq yｓds and height is 160 ft. It is one-story building despite its appearance.
Inside of Daibtsuden, there are six Deities to save Daibutsu.
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There are lots to see in Daibutsuden. I’ll show you them in another article.
The features 特徴 #1
Daibtsu sits on a huge lotus. From head to the lotus, the height is about 50′. The lengh of head to chin is 11′.
Near the entrance of Todaiji museum, there are replicas of Daibutsu hands. They were duplicated in actual size.
In Daibutsuden, there is a pillar with a hole. The hole is the same size as the nostril of Daibutsu. It is believed that if we could crawl thorough it, Daibutsu would give us good fortune.
The hole is so narrow. About 14″ in diameter, O.K.?
The statue has a hill on its head. It is called Nikkei and stands for the mercy of Daibutsu.