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Daikokuten, the deity of good fortune, originates at Daikokuji Temple. It is also a holy site of the Seven Lucky Gods and a Kawachi Saigoku holy site dedicated to the deity Kannon. It is a Zen temple and a temple for ritual prayers and wishes.

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Daikokuji is an ancient temple founded in 665 by En no Gyoja, the legendary mystic and forefather of Japan's highly-syncretic Shugendo religion. The principal object of worship at the temple is a statue of the deity Daikokuten, said to have been carved by En no Gyoja on receiving a missive from the deity. It drew worshippers as the first holy site dedicated to Daikokuten within Japan, and thrived as it drew patronage from prominent defenders of the Kawachi territory during the Muromachi era. These included the prominent Hatakeyama clan, among others. However, during the 16th century, the temple would fall on Nobunaga Oda's side of the battle lines during the assault on Osaka. It was burned during the battle, then abandoned. It was only restored during the Edo era, when it became the Zen temple it remains today. The temple's immense bell was forged 400 years ago, and its sound was believed to have the power to save all living beings. The temple is also a holy site dedicated to the deity Kannon (and the eighth site on the Kawachi-Saigoku pilgrimage route) due to a statue of Kannon believed to have been donated by Motokuni Hatakeyama.