Wannian Temple at Mount Emei - China


Wannian Temple at Mount Emei in China

The Wannian Temple is the oldest surviving temple on Mount. Emei. Among the over 200 temples that existed at one time, only 20 still remain today. The rest were mainly destroyed during the Cultural Revolution.

The 3099 m high Mount Emei, also called Da Guang Ming Shan (Mountain of Great Light), is in the central Chinese province of Sichuan. The Wannian Temple is a little different than other temples.

Also known as the Temple of Eternity, or actually the Temple of 10,000 Years, since 10,000 is the highest number in the Chinese numerical system, the Wannian Temple demonstrates strong Indian influences. The Wannian Temple was originally called Puxian- or Samantabhadra-Temple


Bodhisattva Puxian in the Wannian Temple - China
The bronze statue of the bodhisattva Puxian, placed upon a life-sized elephant with 6 teeth, towers above the landscape of this magnificent garden temple. The statue of Puxian dates back to the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1112), is 3.64 m tall and weighs 62 tons.

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