Saidai-ji (西大寺) or the "Great Western Temple" is a Buddhist temple that was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples, in the city of Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan. The temple was established in AD 765 as a counterpart to Tōdai-ji and it is the main temple of the Shingon Risshu (真言律宗) sect of Buddhism after the sect's founder, Eison (叡尊), took over administration in 1238.
|Deity||Shaka Nyorai (Śākyamuni)|
(Important Cultural Property)
|Location||1-1-5 Saidaiji Shibachō, Nara, Nara Prefecture|
|Founder||Jōtō and Empress Kōken|
- Main Hall (Hondō - 本堂) - Important Cultural Property. It was rebuilt in 1808.
- Shiō-dō (四王堂) - It was rebuilt in 1674.
- Aizen-dō (愛染堂) - It was reconstructed in 1762.
Manjushri Bodhisattva (Monju Bosatsu)
- Nanto Shichi Daiji, Seven Great Temples of Nanto.
- Thirteen Buddhist Sites of Yamato
- For an explanation of terms concerning Japanese Buddhism, Japanese Buddhist art, and Japanese Buddhist temple architecture, see the Glossary of Japanese Buddhism.
- List of National Treasures of Japan (paintings)
- List of National Treasures of Japan (writings)
- List of National Treasures of Japan (sculptures)
- List of National Treasures of Japan (crafts-others)
- "Saidai-ji Temple Homepage" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-02-05.