Temple gate of 愛宕念仏寺 Otagi Nenbutsu-ji temple
September 29, 2012 @ 愛宕念仏寺
Rakan (or Arakan) means a disciple of Buddha. It is said that 500 disciples attended when Buddha passed away. And it is also said another 700 disciples are gathered 100 years after Buddha's death to confirm Buddhism doctrine. So, Rakans are often chosen as a motif of pictures and sculptures.
This temple has 1,200 statues of Rakans. I cannot help telling you a story of 1,200 Rakans in this temple.
to be continued...
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