Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Three kinds of water fallings, Kiyomizu-dera, Temple

Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto
These are small falling waters in a site of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, the most popular temple in Kyoto.

People are waiting in line for the water. Only taking a sip, not two, of water makes one's wish come true. The left falling water is for making people get smarter, the middle is for one's lasting love each other and the right is for one's good health.

But don't be greedy! Sipping two or three different falling water fails to make your wish come true. Only one sipping water out of three is allowed for people to grant their wish at a time. In other words, we should go there three times to grant all the wishes. This temple has a good business sense, anyway.

Down to the falling water are put two square stones and one round stone for each.(They are outside the photo.) These are put for performing cold water ablutions for training. Monks are said to stand on the round stone for praying and then they stand on the square stones for the ablutions.

By the way, Kiyomizu(清水) out of Kiyomizu-dera(清水寺) Temple means clean or pure water and the name comes from rich water there.

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