Kanjizaiji is number 40 of the 88 temples in the Shikoku Pilgrimage and has one of the Nanyo Seven Gods of Fortune or Nanyo Shichi Fukujin. Nanyo means the southern part of Ehime. The deity of this temple is called Benzaiten - the deity of treasure and arts as well as prevents the natural disasters for people. The temple also has an octagonal structure called the Houshuden Hakkakudou, along with frog statues as well as the famous rakan disciples statues called the Hattaihutsu Junishi Honzon. Beneath the temple gate is a volorful and unique mandala on the ceiling.
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