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HOKKI-JI or HōKI-JI (法起寺, the ‘temple of the Arising Dharma’) – formerly known as OKAMOTO-DERA (岡本寺) and IKEJIRI-DERA (池後寺) – is a Buddhist
Buddhist
temple in Okamoto, Ikaruga , Nara Prefecture , Japan
Japan
. The temple's honorary sangō prefix is "KōHONZAN" (岡本山), although it is rarely used. The temple was constructed to honor Avalokitesvara
Avalokitesvara
, and an 11-faced statue of the goddess is the primary object of worship in the temple. Hokki-ji
Hokki-ji
is often considered to be one of the seven great temples founded by Prince Shōtoku
Prince Shōtoku
, however, the temple was not completed until some decades after his death. In 1993, it was registered together with Hōryū-ji
Hōryū-ji
as an UNESCO
UNESCO
World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site
under the name Buddhist Monuments in the Hōryū-ji
Hōryū-ji
Area .

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Cultural value * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links

HISTORY

Hokki-ji
Hokki-ji
is located in Ikaruga, a town that has long been a focal point of Japanese Buddhism, and the area contains numerous other old temples related to Prince Shotoku, such as Hōrin-ji and