Although the beginnings of the Fujiwara's family mid-8th century shrine are rather cloudy, it is plausible that after the ... More
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Although the beginnings of the Fujiwara's family mid-8th century shrine are rather cloudy, it is plausible that after the capital was established at Nara that Fubito Fujiwara placed the deity in the shrine, likely to protect Kofuku-ji, the clan's temple. The roof of the shrine is in the signature Kasuga-style of architecture. Both the numerous stone lanterns lining the entrance and metal lanterns suspended from the bark roofs of the red lacquered buildings are characteristics of Kasuga.
The daisha is set on extensive park land with Nara Park on one side and the primeval forest on the hills behind (which was also marked a World Heritage site). The paths leading to and around the temple are lined with stone lanterns that have been donated over the years, many of which now have thick layers of green moss on top.
Kasuga Daisha is the reason why there are more than 1200 heads of deer in Nara. It is believed that the deer are messengers of the gods, so they have roamed around the area freely for years.