Monday, August 19, 2013

Sacred Buddhist Holy Mountains of China - Jiuhuashan - South

Pronounced “jyo hwah shan”, meaning nine brilliant mountains in Mandarin, Jiuhuashan is the Buddhist holy mountain in the south.  This picturesque area is characterized by many dramatic ridges, peaks, gushing fountains and roaring waterfalls. Visitors to the temples on the mountain are always impressed with the exquisite architecture and grand structure. 
At its height, there were over 3,000 monks and nuns living and worshiping at Jiuhuashan. It has functioned as a religious center for hundreds of years and today is still very active. Each year hundreds of pilgrims visit the temples and monasteries especially on the anniversary of the Bodhisatva Kshitigarbha’s birthday, also the day of Jin Qiaojue’s nirvana reach, the 30th day of the 7th Lunar month (falling sometime in August or September).

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