Dainichiji is the 28th temple on the Shikoku pilgrimage - the walk from the previous temple, Konomineji is about 38 kilometers, mostly along the coast, a full days walk and then some. Dainichiji is also the name of two other temples on the pilgrimage, the Temple Number 4 and Temple Number 13 in Tokushima Prefecture. According to legend Gyoki founded Dainichiji in the 8th century. He is credited with carving the statue of Dainichi which is a secret Buddha and is therefore not shown to the public. In the early 9th century Kobo Daishi stayed nearby and carved a statue of Yakushi Nyorai, the Medicine Buddha. According to the legend he only used his fingernails to sculpt it out of a camphor tree. The temple has a reputation for healing head and upper body ailments and so is visited by those with such ailments.
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