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Nishi-Honganji

Listed under Temples in Kyoto, Japan.

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The Nishi-Honganji Temple, a UNESCO world heritage site, dedicated to ‘Amida Buddha’. This temple was built by the Tokugawa shogun Ieyasu in the 16th century with a view to split the Jodo-shin sect into two branches and weaken its growing influence. In order to enter the temple you’ll need to remove your shoes, put them in a plastic bag and carry them around with you. You climb up the stairs into a massive central hall. It is said that 1,000 devotees can sit and pray in this hall at one time! The temple complex is huge. The ground is leveled with gravel (seen at most shrines & temples) and is very well maintained.

Written by  Akshay Mulkutkar.

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