Spritual Water "Daigo"
uEstablishment of Daigoji Temple

In 874, a Buddhist monk Shobo, who is known under his posthumous name of Rigen Daishi (the Great Master of Holy Treasures), built a hermitage to which Kannon (avalokitesvara) statues of Juntei and Nyoirin were dedicated, on the top of the Mount Kasatori, where he discovered a well of the spiritual water named "Daigo" through an inspiration from a local god Yokoo Daimyojin. This is the origin of Daigoji temple.

Emperor Daigo
uThe Emperor Daigo and Daigoji Temple

In 907, the Yakushi Hall was constructed to fulfill the imperial wish of the Emperor Daigo. The temple complex of Kami-Daigo area was completed by construction of the Godai Hall.
Consequently a temple complex of the Shimo-Daigo area was planned. The Sakyamuni Hall built in 926 and the Five-storied Pagoda built in 951 were consisted of the prototype of the temple complex in Shimo-Daigo area.

uDaigoji Temple in the Later Heian Period
Many politicians in power have had a close family relationship with Daigoji temple. For instance, the linage of Minamoto Toshifusa, called Daigo Minamoto family, were the heads of this temple for many generations. Minamoto Toshifusa is known for having seized power instead of Fujiwara family in the late Heian period.
When his son Shokaku was the head of the temple, the temple complexes in the both areas of Kami-Daigo and Shimo-Daigo were more developed and the
Sanboin was constructed in 1115. From his time on Daigoji temple had enjoyed its prosperity.

uThe Emperor Godaigo and Ashikaga Takauji
In Nanbokucho period, the conflict between the Northern and the Southern Courts affects Daigoji temple as well. Koshin (bishop Mongan) had a contact with teh Emperor Godaigo in Southern Courts, while Kenshun had with Ashikaga Takauji, the supporter of the Northern Courts. Daigoji temple preserves several documents which reflect the political tensions at that time.

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