Tōdai-ji -東大寺- Temple Nara, Japan
Tōdai-ji 東大寺 Temple, is a Buddhist temple complex, located in the city of Nara, Japan. Its Great Buddha Hall (大仏殿 Daibutsuden), houses the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha and the Hall was the world's largest wooden building until 1998. The temple is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara. The original Temple complex also contained two pagodas, perhaps second only to the pyramids of Egypt in height at the time.
The beginning of building a temple can be dated to 728, when Emperor Shōmu (701 - 756 A.D.) ordered the construction of Tōdai-ji Temple. More than 2,600,000 people in total helped construct the Great Buddha and its Hall; with 350,000 working directly on the statue's construction. The 52 ft high statue is the largest bronze statue in the world; built through eight castings over three years and weighs 550 tons. In 752, the eye-opening ceremony was held with an attendance of 10,000 monks and 4,000 dancers to celebrate the completion of the Buddha.
Recently, using x-rays; pearls, mirrors, swords, and jewels were discovered inside of the knee of the Great Buddha; these are believed to be the relics of Emperor Shomu.
The sacred deer at the Temple Park are designated as national treasures and are protected as such. Today, visitors can purchase "deer-crackers" (鹿煎餅 Shika-senbei) to feed the deer in the park.
Marianne S. L'Heureux Fine Art
Historical Depiction Art
Original Oil Painting "Pilgrims to Nara Japan"
by L'Heureus. 24 X 36. SOLD.