Kamakura Daibutsu of Kotokuin Temple

Daibutsu of Kamakura, the Great Buddha statue looked gigantic to our kids. That was our second visit to the Kamakura, the former de facto capital of Japan. The statue made of bronze was cast originally in AD 1252. Daibutsu was placed inside a temple hall, which was thrashed by natural disasters. It is believed that, since the 15th century, the Daibutsu has been standing in the open air and attracting visitors from within Japan and foreign lands.

Kamakura Daibutsu belongs to the Kotokuin temple in Kamakura and is the second largest Buddha statue in Japan. The tallest being in Nara’s Todaiji temple. Kamakura Daibutsu has a height of 11.4 meters. The statue is of Amida Buddha. Amida Buddha is one of the five wisdom Buddhas. Amida is a Japanized version of Sanskrit word Amita, meaning “immeasurable One”. Amida or Amita is also known as Amitabha in Sanskrit is a celestial Buddha according to Mahayana Budhhist scriptures.

Kamakura Daibutsu is written as 鎌倉大仏 in Japanese language.

Author: Jayaprakash

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