Sendai Daikannon Statue

Sendai Daikannon, officially known as the Sendai Tendou Byakue Daikannon,is a large statue of Byakue Kannon bearing a gem in her hand located in Sendai, Japan.

It is among the tallest statues in the world, and is the tallest statue of a goddess in Japan. As of 2018, it is the fifth tallest statue in the world at 100 metres (330 ft). At the time of its completion in 1991, it was the tallest statue in the world, but has since been surpassed for that title.

The statue depicts a manifestation of the Bodhisattva Kannon known as Byakue Kannon, meaning “White-robed Kannon”, bearing the cintamani gem (如意宝珠, Nyoihōju) in her hand.

There is a small entry fee to enter the statue itself. Inside on the first floor are many large statues of Buddha and mythical kings. Visitors take an elevator to the 12th level then walk down the stairs and ramps to the ground. At each level there are eight Buddhas displayed in timber cabinets, 108 in all.


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