Kiyomizu-dera, an independent Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan is a New Wonders of the World Runner-Up and a World Heritage Site. The temple which contains no nails dates back to 778. The present buildings were constructed in 1633. The temple is named “pure water” for a waterfall in the area.
The main hall has a large veranda, supported by tall pillars, that juts out over the hillside offering views of the city. Large verandas and main halls were constructed at many popular sites to accommodate pilgrims. Beneath the main hall is the Otowa waterfall, where three channels of water fall into a pond. Visitors drink the water which is believed to have wish-granting powers.
The temple complex includes several other shrines, among them the Jishu Shrine, dedicated to Okuninushi, a god of love and “good matches.” The Jishu Shrine has a pair of “love stones” placed 20 feet apart where lonely visitors can try to walk between with their eyes closed. Success in reaching the other stone with their eyes closed implies that the pilgrim will find love, or true love.
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