St. Pindola was one of the wisest disciples of Gotama Buddha called arahant (liberated being) or rakan in Japanese. He has achieved the highest level of sainthood with his supreme divine power. However, excelled in his mastering power, St. Pindola boasted to the people about having such power. His showy behavior as such finally made Buddha punish him to stay out side of the temple.
Apart from the legend, a seated statue of St. Pindora is occasionally installed just outside of a Buddhist architecture because of his legendary healing power. Illness or pain will be cured rubbing a part of the statue then touch the corresponding part. As a way for expressing thanks for his magical power, worshipers often offer a red cap and a bib assimilating Jizo Bosatsu Bodhisattva, who guards people standing also in the outside.
The statue of St. Pindora can be found at some well known temples around Nara Park though, visitors frequently overlook their presence and healing power. As this suggests, there are in fact much more things to see in Nara which has been famous for its notorious historical heritages. Nara is the place where Japan’s culture originates. Its relatively quiet authentic atmosphere doubles the appreciation of the real spirit of Japan. Extend your journey to a bit more farther to lesser known spots where rich stories behind embrace you. In doing so, your experience of Japan will truly be enriched.
‘Kanko’ is a Japanese word which is equivalent to journey, travel, or trip in English and it means to discovering the light of the country. The light truly impresses you is everywhere so extend your journey a bit farther!