Temple 48: Sairinji

Sairinji is also known as the “West Forest Temple”. Located here in 807 after being founded originally in 741. The main deity, inside the temple and never shown to the pubic, is placed inside facing backwards. As a result, pilgrims go to the back of the Main Hall to pay their respects and perform sutras. Near the Main Hall is a “parent bamboo” and  “child bamboo”. The two of them represented together are to promote harmony in the home. Having a bunch of kids myself I could use a little more harmony some days.