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Station #6:  Fujisawa station was crowded with pilgrims visiting the famous Buddhist temple and the neighboring Shinto shrine.  The imposing buildings of Yugyo Temple (established in 1325) stand on a hillside in the background.  The torii (archway) leads to the Enoshima Benten Shrine, which is dedicated to the Goddess of Business, Love and Music.  Benzaiten was a popular deity with local people and pilgrims.  Enoshima was the center of the Cult of Benzaiten, because the goddess was worshipped as the guardian of the blind.  Three blind men walk through the torii gate.  Benten was said to be able to perform the miracle of giving the blind the ability to be effective masseurs, musicians and acupuncturists.  Benten is also the goddess of the sea and is romantically referred to as the goddess of love, beauty and eloquence.\n\nImage Copyright: Minneapolis Institute of Art
Copyright © 2007, Helen and Steve Rindsberg

Station #6: Fujisawa station was crowded with pilgrims visiting the famous Buddhist temple and the neighboring Shinto shrine. The imposing buildings of Yugyo Temple (established in 1325) stand on a hillside in the background. The torii (archway) leads to the Enoshima Benten Shrine, which is dedicated to the Goddess of Business, Love and Music. Benzaiten was a popular deity with local people and pilgrims. Enoshima was the center of the Cult of Benzaiten, because the goddess was worshipped as the guardian of the blind. Three blind men walk through the torii gate. Benten was said to be able to perform the miracle of giving the blind the ability to be effective masseurs, musicians and acupuncturists. Benten is also the goddess of the sea and is romantically referred to as the goddess of love, beauty and eloquence.

Image Copyright: Minneapolis Institute of Art