Todai-ji Temple, Japan - Binzuru (Pindola Bharadvaja), Wood, Edo Era, 18th Century. At Todaiji Temple in Nara. Pindola was one of the sixteen arahats, who were disciples of Shaka Nyorai. Pindola is said to have excelled in the mastery of occult powers. It is commonoly believed in Japan that when a person rubs a part of the image of Binzuru, and then rubs the corresponding part of his/her body, the ailment there will disappear.
TODAI-JI, Japan: is a Buddhist temple in the city of Nara. Its Great Hall houses the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana. Deer, regarded as messengers of the gods in the Shinto religion, roam the grounds freely. The beginning of the Tōdai-ji can be dated to 728, when Emperor Shōmu established a temple in thanks for the birth of Prince Motoi, the emperor's first son with his Fujiwara clan consort Kōmyōshi. Prince Motoi died a year after his birth.
NARA KOEN KANSAI, JAPAN An easy day-trip from Kyoto, Nara Koen is 1,300 acres of parkland and temples, and home to more than 1,000 deer, believed to be the sacred emissaries of the temples’ gods. The park's centerpiece is a colossal bronze image of Buddha housed in Todai-ji, the Great Eastern Temple, and the world's largest wooden structure. Tuesday, November 1, 2016: 1,000 Places to See Before You Die - 2016 Page-A-Day Calendar, Front Image