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Daikokuten at Kiyomizudera temple:清水寺の出世大黒天英語で説明

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Introduction

Passing through Todorokimon gate of Kiyomizudera, we catch a glimpse of a Kawaii statute. He is Shusse Daikokuten, a Buddhist deity who welcomes the visitors of the temple for over 500 years. We call him Daikoku-san with respect. In this post, let us learn who he is.

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Who is Shusse Daikokuten? 出世大黒天とは?

Daikokuten

清水寺の出世大黒天

Daikokuten is one of the seven deities who bring us fortunes, especially wealth. He is originaly a Hindu deity Mahakala, aka Shiva adopted by Buddhism.

Mahakala means “great black one.” In Japanese, it is translated as “Daikoku.” “Ten” of Daikokuten is a suffix for a guardian deity of Buddhism.

In Shinbutsu Shugo, Daikokuten fuses with Okuninusu no Mikoto because Okuni (大国)can be pronounced as “Daikoku.”

大黒天

As Daikoku-san of Kiyomizudera, Daikokuten usually smiles but some of his statues are angry because he is originally a deity of creation and destruction.

The ability to create made him a deity of prosperity and fertility. The fertility was so  emphasized he was known for a guardian of kitchen.

Shusse

Shusse means promotion (in career) in Japanese. As described before, he is a deity of prosperity. Daikoku-san of Kiyomizudera is well-known for his Goriyaku (Good fortunes deities gave us) of Shusse.

 

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In the next chapter, make sure his other Goriyaku respectively.

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Goriyaku of Shusse Daikokuten  出世大黒天のご利益

Economic fortune 財運

清水寺の出世大黒天

Take a look at the hummer he has. It is Uchide no Kozuchi. With one shake, we could have anything we need. In Japan, it is a symbol of economic fortune and wealth.

He has a bag in his left hand. It contains treasures.

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In Gion Ebessan, a priestess shakes a Uchide no Kozuchi for us. And Jishu shire, we can shake a Uchide no Kozuchi by ourselves.

Fertility 五穀豊穣

Uchide no Kozuchi also gives us fertility in cultivation. He is on two Komedawaras. Komedawara is a container of rice and the symbol fertility.

Enmusubi  縁結び

Goen is a bond. As indicated before, he fuses with Okuninushi. Okuninushi is a Shinto deity who give us bond among persons. Love-seekers want his Goen.

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Daikoku-san welcomes us over 500 years  500年前から参拝者をお出迎え

清水寺参詣曼荼羅

Today, Daikoku-san is located in Kiyomizudera but he used to be in a small temple in the island of Kamo river. The picture describes Daikoku-san in the 16th century.

The island is on the tip of the secular world. The inside of the white walls is the sacred world. The visitors prayed for Daikoku-san and got into the other world.

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The statue was made in around 15th century. He is very beautiful because re-painted recently.

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Amulet 大黒天お守り

清水寺大黒天おまもり

Many Daikoku-san amulet is available in Kiyomizudera. And small “puni-puni” Daikokusan is strongly recommended. Small one is 350 JPY and large one is 900 JPY.

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シカさん

I can’t translate “puni-puni.” I suppose cat beans has a “puni-puni” touch.

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About Kiyomizu-dera 清水寺基本情報

  • Name: Otowa zan Kiyomizu-dera 音羽山清水寺
  • Address:  294, Kiyomizu 1 chome, Higashiyama ward, Kyoto.
  • Phone no. : 075-551-1234
  • FAX: 075-551-1287
  • Website: Kiyomizu-dera official
  • Opne hours:  Depends on season. Check Kiyomizu-dera official website.
  • Entrance fee: Adult 400 JPY
  • Time required: 1 hour~
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Access to Kiyomizu-dera 清水寺へのアクセス

The nearest bus stop is Kiyomizu Michi bus stop. It takes about 20 minutes to Kiyomizu-dera.

 



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