The Toganji temple is a small temple in Nagoya located close to the Motoyama Station. The temple dates back to the 16th century, when it was built by the war lord Oda Nobuyuki in memory of his father. It was later moved to its current location in 1714. One of the most distinctive features of this temple is that it has a close connection with India and Hinduism. Inside the main hall, one can see a sleeping statue of the goddess Benzaitensama. It is same as the Goddess Saraswathi, the Hindu goddess of music. Taking a few steps down the hill, you will come across a 15-meter-high Buddha statue painted in vivid green, which is a unique characteristic of this statue.This is a very silent place and one can enjoy the beauty of the temple.
★Access: Motoyama Station on the Meijo and Higashiyama lines (exit 6)
Photos & report by Shroff Bharath Bhagavan
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