Last updated by Melinda at 2013-11-3
This temple was built by an accomplished monk Zen master Gulin in the 23rd year of emperor Kangxi's reign during the Qing Dynasty (1684), and underwent three renovations, respectively in the ruling of Xuan Tong (1909) and in the thirteenth year of The Republic of China (1924) and in 1984.
The temple was sabotaged during the Cultural Revolution with Buddha sculptures destroyed. Later after 1979, people remolded the sculptures..
In October, 1984, to honor the third centennial of the temple a ceremony was hold and more repairing work was done. In 1985, it was listed as one of the municipal historical relic.
Sitting in the north and facing the south, Banruo Temple, consisting of two courtyards, occupies an area of 2289 square meters. Its major buildings are built with wood withgrey tile roof. It is one of the well-preserved Buddhist architecture complex in Shenyang. The temple has a strict layout with conspicuous feature of central axis. On the central axis, there set the main buildings such as the Heavenly King Hall (Tianwandian), the Main Buddha Hall (Daxiongbaodian), and the Sutra Library (Changjingge). On the west and east flanks, side buildings such as the abbot room, dorm, kitchen, dinning hall, and antechamber were arranged, and in the east courtyard stand the founder's hall, flanked by monks‘ dorms. In the Heavenly King Hall, a gilded earth-molded Buddha Maitreya (also called Budai monk) is enshrined in the center. Behind the sculpture of Buddha Maitreya stand another Buddha widely known as Weituo with a precious pestle for exorcising demons in his hands. On both sides of the Milefo Buddha stand four Heavenly Kings (devaraja). In the center of the back courtyard behind the Main Hall stands an iron made precious Ding (tripod) carved with four characters "Ban Ruo Jiang Shi", which was made by the abbot and his disciples in 1984. Behind the Heavenly King Hall is the Main Buddha Hall decorated with open works and carved flowers, in which three seated gilded earth-molded Buddha are worshipped: Sakyamuni in the middle, Bhaisajya Guru Buddha (the God of Medicine) on the right, and Amitabha (Emitofo) on the left. In front of Sakyamuni stand Ananda Thera and Kasspa Thera on its left and right. The lights, flowers and streamers before the Buddha are solemnly arranged. The west and east gable walls are painted with the images of the sixteen Thera. The screens behind the Buddha are drew with color painting images of Avalokitesvara in Chinese Guayin (the Goddess of Mercy), Manjusri in Chinese Wenshu (the God of Education), and Samantabhadra in Chinese Puxian, which present a lively picture to the pilgrims. In th eSutra Library, a sutra Dazhangjing was treasured.
Solo Adventure Tips:
No. 8 Banruo Temple Lane, Danan Street, Shenhe District.
How to Get There?
Take the ring line stating from the Nanyema Road and get off at the Banruo Temple station.
Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00
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