Lord Land Nunnery from Mt. Chiu Hua
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Immersed in Incense Smoke- Lord Land Nunnery from Mt. Chiu Hua
The old name of Lord Land Nunnery from Mt. Chiu Hua is Chiayi Lord Land Nunnery of Northern Mountain Palace- Lord Land Nunnery from Mt. Chiu Hua.
The main hall of Lord Land Nunnery from Mt. Chiu Hua enshrines Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva and the Dasiong Hall houses the Sakyamuni Buddha. The front court hosts a Taishuei Shrine and Wenchang Shrine. The Dabei Hall enshrines Bodhisattva Guanyin, and the Mituo Hall houses Amitabha. The Yaoshi Hall enshrines the Buddha of Medicine, Bhaisajyaguru, and the Dayuan Hall at the top floor is home to four Lord Land Nunnery statues. The main statue of the Lord Land Nunnery was said to have been built by Koji pottery master, Ye Wang. The solemn air expressed on his holy face beams out infinite mercy. Legend has it that he often appeared in various images to help and protect the villagers; therefore, the temple became a center for the faithful in this region.
Prayer rituals are held at mid January, July, and October of the lunar calendar. Each year, tens of thousands of worshipers flood into the temple. With the large-numbers followers comes a sizeable donation. Therefore, the temple holds regular charity events to help those in need. The statues of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva and Yama (king of the underworld) held in the temple are valuable antiques.
The statue of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva from Mt. Chiu Hua was brought to Taiwan by an anonymous gentleman in the late Ming Dynasty. In 1697, the statue of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva was officially enshrined at the current site. Up till today, it has been over 300 years. In Kangxi 56 (1717), Commander of the Northern Camp, You Cong-Gong ordered construction of the temple, which was continuously expanded by the succeeding magistrates. Till Qianlong 25 (1760), a substantial scale began to show. Throughout the years, renovations and expansions continued, and in 1971, the temple was reconstructed into a seven-story lotus hall.