A Deeply-Red “Wisdom King” at the Ushio Kannon Temple
“ Ragaraja ” Ushio Kannon Temple (牛尾観音), Kyoto Japan -- Ushio Kannon Temple (牛尾観音) -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/200 sec, f/2.5, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Ragaraja
Ushio Kannon Temple (牛尾観音), Kyoto Japan

I made another visit to the hard-to-reach Ushio Kannon Temple, which I wrote about a couple of months ago, but this time I went by car and took my nice camera. The beautiful, rich matte red of this dimly-lit statue caught my eye...

愛染明王 -- Ushio Kannon Temple (牛尾観音) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/100 sec, f/2, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
愛染明王

I don't know anything about Buddhism, but this statue is apparently of a Wisdom King named Ragaraja, a dharmapala deity that is known to transform worldly lust into spiritual awakening, according to Wikipedia.

Visually it's quite interesting, and was one of many in a small, dimly-lit hall.

To be continued...


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