Honzon and other images

Honzon (principal image):

Jūichimen Kannon
This Eleven-headed Kannon is a secret image that is only shown once every 33 years; it was last shown in 2003. It is said to be the original image carved by Kuya that he pulled around Kyoto in his cart while chanting and dancing, offering healing tea to the plague victims. It was enclosed in a zushi from an early date because when it was shown in 1507, in order to raise money to restore the temple, it was said to be the first time that it had been seen since Kuya carved it. This Kannon has the power to cure illness and is also known as “Enmusubi Kannon”, Kannon who helps petitioners to find a marriage partner.

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