Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Deity of Money! - Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Jinja Shrine

"Zeni Arai" means Money Wash. In Shinto, we have various kinds of deities, about 8 million. If you would like to wish financial success or prosperous business, this shrine is the best match.

The shrine is located at the end of the cave, Ugafuku Jinja Shrine.

One day in the year 1185, Kamakura era's Shogun, Yoritomo Minamoto had a dream in which the deity Ugafukujin delivered a divine message. He was told, "there is a miraculous spring that gushes out of the rocks in a valley. Go there and worship the deities of Shinto, and peace will come to the people." Yoritomo went to the valley and found the spring, and established the shrine enshrined Ugafukujin deity.

Here is how to pray at this shrine. First, go to purification fountain and wash your hands and rinse your mouth. Then, stop by the reception desk and buy a candle and incense sticks for JPY100. Pick up a bamboo basket.

Put the fire on them and offer them to the main shrine and pray here. 

Then go to the shrine in a rock cave. Pray here as well.

OK, now you are ready. Take some money out from your wallet and place in the basket. Put the spring water on them. You really do not have to wash the money, especially paper bills, just bathe on the edge of the bills. After, dry your money with a towel or handkerchief. 

It is believed that if you spend money that has been washed in this natural spring water, it will increase many times and come back to you. Keep the money and make good use of them. Make sure, you have to use them for the good and meaningful purpose!

Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Jinja Shrine
2-25-16 Sasuke, Kamakura, Kanagawa
TEL: 0467-25-1081
Open: 8:00 - 16:30, no holiday
Admission: Free
20 minutes' walk from Kamakura station

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