Niomon, The Deva Gate

This big gate is the first gate through which you enter the temple precincts. It is 13.6 meters high. The huge statues on either side represent the Nio,the guardian deities of the Buddha who subjugate all enemies of Buddhism. The images were carved in the first year of the 20th century by the famous sculptors of the day,Koun Takamura and Unkai Yonehara. The calligraphy on the plaque above the gate was written by an Imperial Prince. The gate was rebuilt in 1918 after being destroyed in a fire,and roof was refurbished with sheet copper in 1977.

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