The Nigatsudo Hall of Todaiji Temple in Nara

Nigatsudo Hall of Todaiji Temple is often introduced on television every March.
It is very famous for the event called Omizutori, but there are not so many tourists, except at that time.
[ Tourist spot in Nara city to introduce today ]
The hall is called Nigatsudo Hall because the ritual called Shunie is held in February(Nigatsu) of lunar calendar here.
The ritual was started in 752 and is held every year since then.
A lot of tourists come here at that time.
[ Nigatsudo Hall of Todaiji Temple in Nara ]
You can see the Nigatsudo Hall of Todaiji Temple when walking up the slope for about several minutes from the east of the Great Buddha Hall.
And you have to go up to the Nigatsudo Hall further south or north stone steps.
This is the south stone steps.

The south stone steps of Nigatsudo hall

As you walk up the stone steps you will arrive at the south side of the hall.

The south side of Nigatsudo hall

This hall has a corridor on the outside.
I walk in the corridor counterclockwise.
This is the west side of the hall.

The west side of Nigatsudo hall

The scenery from the corridor of Nigatsudo Hall is very wonderful as the corridor is at a high place.

The scenery from the corridor of Nigatsudo Hall

I went further and I arrived at the north side of the hall.

The north side of Nigatsudo hall

This is a picture taken from the east side of the hall from the south side.

The east side of Nigatsudo hall

It seems that this building was first built in 752, but the current building was rebuilt in 1669.
It is said that the hall was founded by Zichu, a superior disciple of Roben priest who founded Todaiji Temple.
The principal images are Juichimenkannon called Okannon and Kogannon, but no one can see them.
[ Attached Facilities of Nigatsudo Hall of Todaiji Temple ]
There are several attached structures to the hall.
On the west side there is the house called Akaiya with the well called Kasugai.
On the north side there is Sanro-shukusho(dormitory of monks when the Syunie is held) and Zikido (dining room).
Neither is open to the public so you can not see it.

Sanro-shukusho(dormitory of monks when the Syunie is held) and Zikido (dining room)

The house on the left of this photo is Akaiya.
The house in the middle is the Zikido.
And on the right side is the structure with stone steps of the north side.
This is a picture taken from the west side.

Sanro-shukusho(dormitory of monks when the Syunie is held) and Zikido (dining room)

The right side of the house in front is the Zikido.
The left side of the entrance is the Sanro-shukusho.
Roben-sugi is on the west side slope of the hall is on the right side of the picture.
It is said that Roben priest was deprived by an eagle at the time of his infant and was carryed on a cedar tree beside Nigatsudo Hall.
This cedar tree is not a thing of that time, but it is named after that anecdote.

The north gate of Hokkedo Hall

There is a gate between Nigatsudo Hall and Hokkedo Hall, this is the north gate of Hokkedo Hall.
[ Ritual held at Nigatsudo Hall, called Shunie ]
The ritual called Shunie was founded in 752 by Zichu.
Since that time, there has been no year of discontinuation, and it is continuing every year.
It is said that the official name of Shunie is "Zuichimen keka".
We are making various sins in living.
Juichimen keka means that monks confess in front of the Juichimen Kannon Bodhisattva.
In preparation for the main ritual from March 1, the previous ritual called Bekka starts on February 20.
From 1st March to 14th, during the 14 nights (two weeks), the main ritual of the Shunie is served in the Nigatsudo Hall.
"At the midnight of March 12 (around 1:30 in the morning of 13th)" Omizutori " is done.
Omizutori is the ritual that draws water called "okozui" to be given to the Kannon Bodhisattva from the well called "Wakasai".
In addition, it is said that the well is connected to the country of Wakasa (present Fukui prefecture) by the water line.
Obama city and Nara city are about 90 km apart.
And as the lights for monks who work for the ritual, otaimatsu(large torches) are burned every night.
For this reason, the "Shunie" became also called "Omizutori" or "Otaimatsu".
It is said that spring will come to Nara when this ritual is over.

[ Approximate Latitude and Longitude of tourist spots etc. ]
In Google Maps, you can find the location of tourist spots with latitude and longitude.
The following latitudes and longitudes are not officially announced, they are what I found out.
So they may be wrong.
The Nigatsudo hall of Todaiji temple: N34.6893 E135.8442


(July 16, 2018)

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