Friday, June 10, 2022

Horinji Revisited

 


Horinji is temple number 9 on the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage and is unusually situated within a walled compound among rice paddies.


Originally located about 4k north of its current position, it was destroyed by the warlord Chosokabe towards the end of the 16th century and rebuilt in its current location a few decades later.


Unusually the honzon is a reclining Buddha, the only reclining Buddha honzon on the pilgrimage, and it is only shown to the public every 5 years.


The current buildings date from the early Meiji period following a fire that destroyed everything except the belfry in 1859


This was my second visit to Horinji, the first when I walked the 88 temple pilgrimage, and this time when I was walking the Shikoku Fudo Myoo pilgrimage.


The route coincided with the ohenro route for the first day and a half, but after Horinji I headed west upstream towards the next Fudo temple.



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