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Hayagriva

Statue of the Kannon with its iconic angered expression.

Temples

Hayagriva is considered one of the aspects of the Kannon Bodhisattva. Its known for the horse head atop its figure, and an iconic angry expression. Hayagriva is worshipped by those praying for health or safety of horses, as well as mercy when travelling, which is why many people offer up carrots as part of their prayer.

Just to right of the Hayagriva is a monument used to memorialize horses, beside which you can find the tombstones of famous steeds. This memorial was constructed to honor the race horses who competed.
During the horse racing season, red and white kites are set as a prayer offering from each stable, which can be seen blowing in the wind.

Highlights

  • Revered as the guardian diety of horses.
  • There is even a monument erected for the horses, with tombstones of famous horses located nearby.
  • You can see red and white prayer kites during the horse racing season.

Photos

  • Hayagriva

    Hayagriva

  • The Hayagriva flanked by red and white prayer kites.

    The Hayagriva flanked by red and white prayer kites.

  • Kites offered up as prayer offerings.

    Kites offered up as prayer offerings.

  • Kites offered up as prayer offerings.

    Kites offered up as prayer offerings.

  • Close-up view of Hayagriva

    Close-up view of Hayagriva

  • The horse monument.

    The horse monument.

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Details

Name in Japanese
馬頭観音
Postal Code
183-0023
Address
3-3-21 Miyamachi, Fuchu City, Tokyo
Admission
Free
Access
11 min. walk from Fuchu-hommachi Station on the JR Musashino & Nambu Lines.