Todaiji| Nigatudo (二月堂)


Temizusya (手水舎) – Water Basin

The name Nigatsu-dō, or Second Month Hall is derived from the fact that the Shuni-e Ceremony is held here during the second month of the lunar calendar. The structure is said to have been first erected by the monk Jitchū (fl. 760-820), Rōben’s chief disciple. In 1667, however, a fire broke out inside the hall in the midst of the ceremony, and the original was destroyed. The present building is a reconstruction of 1669.

The acoustics of the hall are said to be particularly fine and with an inner sanctum, outer sanctum and worship hall it is particularly well suited for the rituals held there.

Ryuo no Taki (龍王の滝)

Koujo Shrine (興成神社)

Nigatudo Robensugi (二月堂良弁杉) Roben Cedar Tree

Roben is taken by an eagle when she takes her eyes off Roben while her mother is doing field work. He was helped by the monk Gien being caught in a cedar tree in front of Nigetsudo. Then he was raised as a monk, and he is clerical founder of the Tōdai-ji temple.

Akaiya (閼伽井屋)

For the famous festival “Shunie” Omizutori festival, Sacred water for offering water to the diety, is taken from a well in this Akaiya hall.
Regarding to Omizutori Festival, you can refer to the below site.

About Nara Park.

Temizusya (手水舎) Ryumido (龍美堂)

Iimichi Shrine (飯道神社)

Views from Nigatudo

Onyu Shrine (遠敷神社) Kannondo (観音堂)

If you walk to Nigatudo from Todaiji Daibutuden, it takes about 5-10 mins.
Exit from Todaiji, then turn left, you will see Torii Gate of Tamukeyama Shrine. Through Torii Gate, after around 100m take a path to nigatudo to left.
On the way to Nigatudo, You can see Syoro (Bell Tower) too.

If you walk up the hill straight all the way, then you will come to Tamukeyama Hachimangu Shrine. Tamukeyama Shrine is also nice shrine to visit, Shrine is free to see, then you can go to Nigatudo, through Tamukeyama shrine.

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