Tamukeyamahachimangū Shrine
(courtesy of the tourist association of Nara City)

Tamukeyamahachimangū Shrine

A shrine located at the base of Mt. Tamukeyama in Zōshi-chō of Nara City. In 749, it was built to take in Usahachiman, a god, as a protective god of the Great Buddha of Tōdaiji Temple. Though it had been a protective god of Tōdaiji Temple thereafter, in the Meiji Era (1868 – 1912), as a result of the religious policy to separate the Shintō and Buddhist Religions, the shrine gained independence from Tōdaiji Temple. The shrine burned down in 1180 when Taira-no-Shigehira (1157 – 1185), a dominant warrior of that time, destroyed temples in Nara by fire, and again in 1642, it burned down by massive fire, but in 1691 the Main Hall was rebuilt. Every year, on October 5, they hold “Tegaie,” a festival that recreates the sequence of the event of taking in Usahachiman.