Kiyomizu-Dera- A Visit to the Pure Water Temple

After cherishing the beauty of the Golden Pavilion our next target was the Kiyomizudera which is one of the most famous temples in Japan. As it is located in Kyoto itself we planned to visit the pure water temple which is otherwise called as Kiyomizudera.

The temple was built in 780 AD and it follows the “Hosso sect of Japanese Buddhism” . Though it was built in 780 AD, it was rebuilt in 1633 and same Japanese architecture of other temples is followed here too. In 1994 it was declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The temple is nestled in the up hills in eastern Kyoto. The beautiful street leads to the temple and a plenty of inns and small shops were situated there. The temple has an open ground where we could taste some noodles and some eatables.

Deva gate

Deva Gate | Image Resource :

The Kannon, which is the Buddhist goddess of compassion is placed in the main hall and it has a huge veranda supported by 139 wooden pillars which has a height of 49 feet. From there we enjoyed the scenic beauty of the hills and took many clips and videos. The jump porch was situated there and it is believed that if we survive after the jump our wish will be fulfilled.

After the main hall we reached another hall where Otowa-no-taki waterfall is situated. Through three channels the water from the hills drops into a pond. The water is considered to be holy and we collected water in metal cups and drank it. It is believed that dirking this holy water from three falls will fetch health, longetivity, and wisdom respectively. There is a belief that drinking all three waters will bring misfortune and we have to choose either two.


Kiyomizu-Dera | Image Resource :

The temple is consists of many shrines like Jishu-jinja, which is the god Okuninushino-Mikoto, the “ god of love and “good matches.” There exists a small pathway connecting two rocks and it is believed that crossing this path eyes closed will bring success in love and will find good love. You can be assisted by someone which shows that an intermediately is needed to succeed in love.


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