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KICHIJOJI :A Town in Japan Is Named After Goddess Lakshmi

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KICHIJOJI :A Town in Japan Is Named After Goddess Lakshmi

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KICHIJOJI :A Town in Japan Is Named After Goddess Lakshmi

One of the major towns of the world, Tokyo, is not only known as the capital city of Japan, but is also one of the most popular tourist spots in the country. Many reasons have come together to make Tokyo such a hot tourist spot, but the major attraction for tourists is the Kichijoji temple dedicated to the Hindu Goddess of wealth, Goddess Lakshmi. The town “Kichijoji” derives its name from the Kichijoji Temple, which was earlier situated in a small town in Tokyo known as Bunkyo. “Kichi-joji” literary means “girl child” so probably, the name “Lakshmi”, used among Hindus to refer to the Girl child, was the chosen goddess for a temple to be set up The Great Fire that raged for three days in March 1657, destroyed almost 70{e7dc6fb6a411593559bed1d9924d8030d60fc3f24c9293f7c98c249df74a0c2f} of the city of Tokyo, including the temple.

Later, it was rebuilt by the “Shogunate” or the government, headed by the Japanese military dictator, referred to as the “shogun”, who ruled from 1185 -1868. Though, Buddhism and Shintoism are the popular religions followed by the majority of people in Japan, there are other religions like Taoism. Among the other religions followed, Hinduism is followed by a majority of people. Therefore, it is not surprising to find the Kichijoji temple dedicated to the Hindu Goddess of wealth, Goddess Lakshmi. Moreover, out of the “7 Gods of fortunes” which the Japanese believe in, four are of Hindu origin. The temple dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi in this small town of Tokyo, has many other implications, as stated by Takayuki Kitagawa, the Consul General of Japan.

Firstly, it reflects the close relationship that India and Japan share, culturally, spiritually and socially. The presence of a number of different temples is a strong proof of this fact that Hindu Gods and Goddesses were worshiped just as religiously in Japan as they are in India. Secondly, right from the early ages, there has been a lingual correlation between the two countries. The use of Sanskrit words in the Japanese language, and the influence that Sanskrit has had on the Japanese language and its tradition. According to a claim by a scholar from Japan, there are about 500 words in the Japanese language that have its origins in either Sanskrit or other Indian language Tamil.

Recently, an agreement was signed between the two countries, to help Indian students learn the Japanese language, so that they are trained for skilled jobs in Japan, as the demand for skilled professionals remains unfulfilled. The agreement between the two countries have come about to cater to this demand and also help the student find prosperity in their professional life. During the freedom struggle in India, a freedom fighter, Rash Behari Bose fled to Japan and settled there later, after having married Toshiko Soma, a Japanese lady. Similarly, another freedom fighter of India, Subhas Chandra Bose, has a memorial in a Buddhist temple the Renkōji Temple.

Since the two countries share a very cordial political relation which is based on a deep commitment to the democratic principles and respect towards pluralistic societies, the mutual religious respect and admiration is evident in the presence of the various Hindu temples like the Temple for Goddess Lakshmi in Kichijoji.

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