Jorakuji Temple is temple No. 14. This temple has one of the most unusual courtyards of the entire pilgrimage. Its compound was built on an uneven rock bed with not one flat spot throughout. Jorakuji is also known as the Temple of Everlasting Peace. Kobo Daishi carved a statue of Maitreya in sacred wood, built the temple, and set up the statue as the main object of veneration in the temple. The legend here is that a woman carried her crippled husband five times around the entire pilgrimage, praying to Kobo Daishi to cure him. On the sixth circuit, they swore to commit suicide if he wasn't healed by the end of that trip. When they reached temple No. 14 the husband was healed and they walked the rest of the pilgrimage together. It is also said that if a diabetic prays and drinks the boiled leaves of the yew tree beside the Main Hall, they will be cured.
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