Jusan-mairi-no-tera (Taiheiji Temple)

Jusan-mairi-no-tera (Taiheiji Temple)

Located in a corner of the Shitennoji Yuhigaoka, this temple is known for the blessings of Jusan-mairi (jusan = 13, mairi = visit). It originally was one of the buildings within the premises of Shitennoji, but when Shitennoji was downsized during the civil war around the first year of the Koji Period (1555), this building was left out and became Ryushoji Temple of the Shingon sect. Then, in the 3rd year of the Kanbun Period (1663), the priest Ginetsu re-dedicated it as Taiheiji, a zen temple of the Soto sect, as it remains today. The enshrined Kokuzo Bosatsu is said to be a bodhisattva of wisdom and prosperity, and it is an old belief concerning Jusan-mairi that children who turn 13 should visit on designated dates of March 13th and April 13th to receive wisdom from this god. It is also called Chiemairi (chie = wisdom, mairi = visit). Shichi-go-san-mairi (7-5-3 visit) was more popular in Edo, but Jusan-mairi was the mainstream in Osaka and Kyoto. Also within the precincts are guardian gods of handcraft/art proficiency. There are mounds for chasen (tea whisks), needles and calligraphy brushes, and many people bring their used and worn articles to perform Buddhist rites for them.

ADDRESS 〒543-0075 1-1 Yuhigaoka-cho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka City
TRANSPORTATION 1 min. walk from Shitennojimae Yuhigaoka Sta. of the Subway Tanimachi Line
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INQUIRIES TEL : 06-6779-9133
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