Monday, October 12, 2015

Ancient Temples of Hindu Gods in Japan

Indian Deities Worshipped in Japan - Video


Uploaded by Indian Diplomacy on 9 October 2015

Asakusa Shrine in central Tokyo.

This is the Shoten-cho part of the Japanese capital and has many temples and shrines.  Shoten, the Noble God, is the Hindu deity Ganapati. There are temples to Sarasvati and Shiva also in streets of this area.. In the 1830s,  over 100 Ganapati temples were in this area according to research now.

“A majority of Japanese gods are actually Indian gods,” was a common line of the former Japanese Ambassador to India, Yasukuni Enoki.
Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, Hindustan Times, Tokyo |  Updated: Oct 27, 2010

There are hundreds of shrines to Saraswati also. One of the most revered deities of Japan is Saraswati. There are two kinds of Saraswati, or Benzaiten, in Japan. One is the eight-armed Saraswati and the other is the two-armed one. In her two-armed form, she has a musical instrument in her hand, which is called veena, or biwa in Japanese.

2003 book

Seven Gods of Bliss of in Japan
1907 article

Indian culture in Japan

Japanese Mythology A to Z




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