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An hour after the turn of the year, I visited Daian-ji temple where the monks and followers treat visitors with hot rice porridge and sake(rice wine) at the night. (For me, a driver, not sake but a cup of tea.)

Daian-ji once was one of the largest temples in Nara when it founded in 8th century, but after the fire in 11th century, it declined and is just a small temple with no monumental buildings today.

I and my family visited there this year because this temple has a small hall dedicated to Bato-Kannon (Sanskrit:Hayagriva). Bato-Kannon is a Buddhist deity (originate from Hindu) that has been believed in Japan as the guardian of horses and other animals. So we wished our old cat will recover from her illness (she was not able to walk at all at that time), to this enigmatic ancient god from India.

Fortunately, the old cat has recoverd and all right now. Thanks god and the animal doctor!

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