12/02/2005

Katsuo-Ji Osaka

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Temple Katsuo-Ji 勝尾寺 (Katsuooji)

This temple is famous for its Daruma collection.
It is located close to the Mino Waterfall.



Look at some more photos from Tatsuta here:

http://tatsuta.net/papa/english/gallery/japan/kinki/katsuoji-2.html
http://tatsuta.net/papa/english/gallery/japan/kinki/katsuoji-3.html
http://tatsuta.net/papa/english/gallery/japan/kinki/katsuoji-4.html




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Katsuo-ji Temple
2914-1 Aomatani, Minoh City (Northern Osaka)
TEL 0727-21-7010



Toward the end of the Nara Period, the temple was founded in 727. The main temple building, treasure house, etc. are standing in a row in the spacious precincts facing a hillside.
Besides, kachi (winning) - Daruma standing in the precincts are said to fulfill one's desire to "win" in business, examination, sickness, etc. and are popular as souvenirs.
http://www.ofix.or.jp/travel/sight/list/P15Katsuoji.html

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This temple and its Daruma helps you WIN : KATSU !

Win against the weakness within yourself !




勝尾寺は、千数百年の昔より山自体の持つ霊力によって無類の聖地として崇拝されてきた。弥勒信仰、観音信仰はもちろんの事、役行者慕う修験道、阿弥陀信仰、薬師信仰、聖天信仰行者ら、多くの人々がこの山で己の精神と対峙し、日夜修行を積んできた歴史がある。

当山仏法の祈願力には時の朝廷の権力も及ばなかった事から、王に勝つ寺「勝王寺」と清和帝が号した。依って源氏・足利氏等各時代の覇者達が当山に勝ち運を祈り、以来人生全てに「勝つ」として勝ち運信仰の歴史をたどっている。試験・病気・選挙・スポーツ・芸事・商売等あらゆる勝負の勝ち運、成功、いわゆるサクセスの願い事に勝尾寺の「勝ダルマ」を授かり己に勝って勝運をつかんだ人々の数は、計り知れない。

「己の弱さに勝つ!」の精神が、当山の勝運信仰と融合し、不屈の精神「七転び八起き」のシンボルであるダルマを己と見なし、それらを授かるダルマ信仰へと推移していったのである。

© 勝尾寺のダルマ





Click on the thumbnails for more photos !

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Notice the little daruma clustered round the bottom of the stone lantern - they were everywhere!!!



A whole colony of Daruma. Katsuoji is 'the temple of the winner's luck', so it's popular with students hoping for good exam results, as well as anyone else hoping to succeed with a difficult task. Hence the daruma taking over every horizontal surface in the temple grounds.

Daruma work very simply. Someone hoping for a piece of luck buys a daruma doll at the temple and takes it home, where they make their wish and paint in one of its eyes (they are sold with blank sockets). If the wish comes true, they bring the daruma back to the temple, paint in its other eye, and leave it as an offering.
http://www.angelfire.com/moon/starvega/album/Katsuoji.html

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Will they blow away in a typhoon ?



Look at many more Daruma photos HERE:

© rinda-porter5

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A page with many photos of Katsuo-Ji.



http://chonta.web.infoseek.co.jp/k_henro/h15-09-11/h15-09-11.htm


Katsuo-Ji is Nr. 23 on the Saikoku Kannon Pilgrimage.
Read Mark Schumacher about the Pilgrimage.


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. Hatsu Harai Koojin Daisai 初はらい荒神大祭
First Purification Ceremony and Festival for the Kojin Deity
at Temple Katsuo-Ji 勝尾寺



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