Hataage Benzaiten Shrine旗上弁財天社
Hataage Benzaiten Shrine is located on the grounds of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and stands on an island in Genji Pond near Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine’s Third Torii Gate. It is said that Hojo Masako, Minamoto no Yoritomo’s wife, built the shrine after the goddess Benzaiten appeared as the guardian deity of Yoritomo when he was raising his army. Today, the Minamoto clan’s twin-striped flags fly on the shrine grounds and, due to its association with Yoritomo’s efforts to raise an army, the shrine is also visited by numerous worshipers seeking fortune in moving up in the world. In the back of the grounds, there is a stone called the Masako Boulder that Minamoto no Yoritomo prayed to so that his wife would have a safe childbirth. It is believed that praying to this stone helps grant marital bliss.
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