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Lit. southern capital seven great temples. A generic expression in use by the 8c referring to the seven great temples, Toudaiji 厛, Gangouji , Saidaiji 厛, Yakushiji t, Daianji , Koufukuji and Houryuuji @ found in and around Heijoukyou 鋞, Nara. These temples were centers for the six sects Kusha , Joujitsu , Risshuu or Ritsu , Hossou @, Sanron O_ and Kegon ، (also written Ԛ), that flourished in Nara during the 8c. Toushoudaiji replaced Houryuuji during the Edo preiod. During the 11c, making a pilgrimage to the seven great temples became popular. Some accounts survive, including SHICHIDAIJI NIKKI 厛L (Diary of Seven Great Temples), and SHICHIDAIJI JUNREI SHIKI 厛玄L (Private Journal of a Pilgrimage to the Seven Great Temples). The author Ooe Chikamichi ]e, who made the pilgrimage first in 1106 and again in 1140 described his visits to these temples in Chikamichi.
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