The main building, reconstructed in 1895, enshrines the statue of Buddha Dainichi, who symbolizes oneness with the universe. There is also a statue of Taira no Kiyomori, a chieftain of the Taira clan in the 12th century, and four statues of nuns including Gio, a great beauty who had renounced the world while still young after she had lost favour with Kiyomori. In the precinct, there stands a pagoda which is said to be the grave of Gio and her sister, and another pagoda dedicated to Kiyomori.
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Category:Travel and Places
Keywords:Buddha Dainichi, Gio-ji temple, Hotoke-Gozen, Kyoto, Nembutsubo Tyochin, Shingon, Shirabyoshi, Taira no Kiyomori, budhhism, the Tale of the Heike, 祇王寺