Exhibition :

                         Hindu Deities Worshipped in Japan                                     

Photographs by Benoy K Behl

(1) Saraswati, or Benzaiten, Yoshiwara Jinja, Tokyo.

(2) Saraswati, or Benzaiten, National Treasure Museum, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, Kamakura. (3) Saraswati, or Benzaiten, Enoshima Jinja, Kamakura.
(4) Saraswati, or Benzaiten, Rokuhara Mitsuji, Kyoto. (5) Saraswati, or Benzaiten, Rokuhara Mitsuji, Kyoto. (6) Saraswati, or Benzaiten, Daihoonji, Kyoto.
(7) Saraswati, or Benzaiten Shrine, Shinobazu Pond, Tokyo. (8) Saraswati, or Benzaiten Pond, Eikando Zenrin-ji, Kyoto. (9) Saraswati, or Benzaiten Shrine, Takahata Fudo Temple, Tokyo.
(10) Saraswati, or Benzaiten Shrine, Koyasan. (11) Saraswati, or Benzaiten Shrine, Daigoji, Shiga Prefecture. (12) Saraswati's Veena, or Benzaiten’s Biwa, at entrance of Enoshima Jinja, Kamakura.
(13) Saraswati, or Benzaiten Shrine, Ginkakuji, Kyoto. (14) Washing money, Saraswati, or Benzaiten Shrine, Zeniarai Benzaiten, Ugafuku Jinja, Kamakura. (15) Saraswati, or Benzaiten, Meguro Ryusenji, Tokyo.

(16) 8-armed Saraswati, or Benzaiten, Enoshima Jinja, Kamakura.

 
(17) 8-armed Saraswati, or Benzaiten, Gokokuji, Tokyo. (18) Saraswati, or Benzaiten, 10th century Koonji, Saijo, Ehime.
(19) Bentenshu, Saraswati or Benzaiten Sect, Modern Shrine, Osaka. (20) Saraswati or Benzaiten Shrine, Bentenshu, Osaka. (21) Lake Biwa, Shiga Prefecture. This  is the largest freshwater lake in Japan.
(22) Ishanaten, Ishana Shiva, 12th century, National Treasure from Toji, Kyoto. Courtesy, Kyoto National Museum. (23) Jiten, Bhudevi, National Treasure from Toji, Kyoto. Courtesy, Kyoto National Museum. (24) Yama, or Emma, Inoji, Kyoto.
(25) Yama, or Emma, Ennoji, Kamakura. (26) Chitragupta, or Gusho-jin, Inoji, Kyoto. He is the record keeper for Yama, as in the Indian tradition. (27) Matsuchiyama Shoten, Ganesha Temple, Tokyo.
(28) Ganesha, or Shoten Temple, near Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, Kamakura. (29) Esoteric Ganesha, or Shoten, Unryun, Sennyuji, Kyoto. (30) Esoteric Ganesha, or Shoten, National Treasure Museum, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, Kamakura.
(31) Agni, or Katen, 12th century, National Treasure from Toji, Courtesy, Kyoto National Museum. (32) Agni, or Katen, Screen Painting, Daigoji, Shiga Prefecture. (33) Agni, or Katen, Meguro Ryusenji, Tokyo.
(34) Lakshmi, or Kichijoten, Onjoji Museum, Shiga Prefecture, National Treasure. (35) Lakshmi, or Kichijoten, Ninnaji Museum, Kyoto. (36) Lakshmi, or Kichijoten, Horinji Temple, Nara Prefecture.
(37) Lakshmi, or Kichijoten, 12th century, Daigoji, Shiga Prefecture. (38) Lakshmi, or Kichijoten, Bishamonten or Kubera Group, Heian Period, 8th-12th century, Kurumadera Temple Museum, Kyoto Prefecture.   (39) Siddham, 5th century Sanskrit script, Gokokuji, Tokyo.
(40) Sanskrit prayers and pronunciation in Japanese, Gokokuji, Tokyo. (41) Beejakshara of Amitabha, Sanboin Hall, Daigoji, Shiga Prefecture. (42) Sanskrit Beejakshara, Inoji Yama Temple, Kyoto.
(43) Sanskrit Beejakshara, Sensoji, Tokyo. (44) Brahma, or Bonten, Todaiji Temple, Hokkedo Hall, Nara. (45) Brahma, or Bonten, Kofokuji Museum, Nara.
(46) Indra, or Taishakuten, Kofokuji Museum, Nara. (47) Indra, or Taishakuten, 12th century, National Treasure from Toji, Courtesy, National Museum, Kyoto. (48) Indra, or Taishakuten, Todaiji Temple, Hokkedo Hall, Nara.
(49) Indra, or Taishakuten, 8th century, Koonji Museum, Saijo, Ehime. (50) Indra, or Taishakuten, Tsumyoji, Kyoto. (51) Indra, or Taishakuten, Shibamata Taishakuten Indra Temple, Daikyoji, Tokyo.
(52) Hariti, Onjoji Museum, Shiga Prefecture, National Treasure. (53) Mahakala, or Daikokuten Unryun, Sennyuji, Kyoto. (54) Garuda, or Karura, Daiyuzan-Saijoji, near Odawara.
(55) Garuda, or Karura, Kofokuji Museum, Nara. (56) Chamundi, Rokuhara Mitsuji Museum, Kyoto. (57) Kujaku-Myoo, Buddha on Peacock, 1200 AD, Koyasan Museum.
(58) Big Buddha, Todaiji Temple, Nara. (59) Bodhisena Statue, Ryosenji, Nara. (60) Bodhisena being received by Gyoki Bhodhisattava, who will take him to Nara.
(61) Baramon Sojo, Indian Brahmin High Priest Bodhisena. (62) Kubera or Vaiśravaa or Bishamonten, Kamakura Period, 12-14th Cent. Kurumadera Temple, Kyoto Prefecture. (63) Kubera or Vaiśravaa or Bishamonten Group, Heian Period, 8th-12th Cent. Kurumadera Temple, Kyoto Prefecture.
(64) Kubera or Vaiśravaa or Bishamonten, Shibamata Taishakuten, Indra Temple, formerly known Daikyoji, Tokyo. (65) Fudo Myoo, Achalnatha, Enryakuji Museum, Shiga Prefecture. (66) Chandra, or Gnatoo, Moon Deity taken from the Indian tradition Screen Painting, Daigoji, Shiga Prefecture.
(67) Varuna, or Suiten, 1127 AD, National Treasure from Toji, Kyoto. (68) Varuna, or Suiten Pond, Meguro Ryusenji, Tokyo. A shrine was dedicated to Varuna here in 1836. (69) Varuna, or Suiten, Shibamata Taishakuten, or Daikyoji Indra Temple, Tokyo.
(70) Naga Bodhi of Nalanda University, Gokokuji, Tokyo. (71) Nagarjuna, Gokokuji, Tokyo. Nagarjuna is known as Gujio in Japan. (72) Asanga, Kofokuji Temple, Nara.
(73) Vasubandhu, Kofokuji Temple, Nara. (74) Kamadeva, Meguro Ryusenji, Tokyo. (75) Figure like Krishna Venugopala, Todaiji Temple, Nara.
(76) Apsara, or Tennin, Gokokuji, Tokyo. (77) One of the Four Directional Kings, or Shitenno, Meguro Ryusenji, Tokyo. (78) Havan or Homa, or Goma in Japan, Saidaiji Temple, Nara.
(79) Havan or Homa, or Goma in Japan, Takahata Fudo Temple, Tokyo.

(Entrance)   Toji, Kyoto Japan is famous for the beauty of its cherry blossoms in Spring.

 

(Entrance)  Ginkakuji, or ‘Temple of the Silver Pavilion’, Kyoto. This is a beautiful Zen temple.