Hibutsu Itsukushima Benzaiten is said to have been made by Kobo Daishi Kukai and is one of the three Benzaiten in Japan.

The official name is Kameiyama Hokoin Daiganji Temple. Although it is unknown when it was founded, it is an old temple of the Shingon sect that is said to have been revived by the monk Ryokai during the Kennin era (1201-1203). Until the Separation of Shinto and Buddhism ordinance in the Meiji period, the temple was responsible for repairing and constructing the temple as the construction magistrate of Itsukushima Shrine, and was the center of Itsukushima Garan, consisting of Senjokaku, the five-storied pagoda, and the Tahoto pagoda. This temple's secret Buddha, Itsukushima Benzaiten, is said to have been created by Kobo Daishi Kukai, and is one of the three Benzaiten statues in Japan. Benzaiten is the goddess of wealth in this world, and during the era of syncretism between Shinto and Buddhism, Ichikishima Himirei, the main deity of Itsukushima Shrine, came to be worshiped as the goddess of wealth, and was equated with the Buddhist Benzaiten. This Itsukushima Benzaiten statue, which was moved from Itsukushima Shrine due to the Separation Order of Shinto and Buddhism, is currently on display in Miyajima.


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