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    Inaba Yakushi Inaba-do Temple (Byodo-ji Temple)

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    Inaba Yakushi Inaba-do Temple (Byodo-ji Temple)

    Deity of keeping people free from cancer

    This old temple has been worshipped as the deity for getting rid of cancer since the Heian period (794-1185).  It has been chosen as the setting of some famous kyogen play pieces like Inbado and Onigawara.  About 1000 years ago, a powerful court officer, Yukihira Tachibana suffered from an illness and received a message from the God while he was in the bed.  When he recovered, he decided to establish the temple to take care of ill people.  In the 10th century, 8 sub-temples were constructed under the commission of Emperor Ichijo, and then, later, Emperor Takakura gave the new name to the temple as Byodo-ji Temple.  Therefore, this temple has a strong connection to the imperial family.  The main statue is the Yakushi Nyorai, which is said to have made in the mid to late Heian period by a Buddhist sculptor, Kosho.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
    Fujin-gaho,December issue,2013


    Name Inaba Yakushi Inaba-do Temple (Byodo-ji Temple)
    Address 728 Inabado-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-351-7724
    Hours 6:00-17:00 *Enter by 30 min. before the closing time.
    Recommended Entry: Free of charge in the precinct