Enmeiji is temple No. 54 on the Shikoku Henro Pilgrimage, dedicated to children lost in childbirth or aborted. The temple is unique in having two separate bell towers in its precincts. The temple was founded by Gyoki, and later restored by Kukai. It was renamed Enmeiji because it had previously had the same reading as No. 53 Enmyoji during the Meiji era. After several wars, they relocated the temple and settled at their present location. Enmeiji is also called “The Temple of Long Life” and has been at its current location since 1727. Prayers for health and a long life are given here.
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