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A skeletal figurine
Statuette of Battabara at the Musee Guimet

Battabara 跋陀婆羅 (a.k.a. Bhadrapāla, Battabara bosatsu or Battabara sonja) is the Japanese patron deity of baths and bathing. Originally a Buddhist monk from India, Battabara supposedly achieved enlightenment whilst entering the communal bath.[1][2][3]

Figurines of Battabara are kept in bathrooms in Japanese Zen monasteries.[1]


  1. ^ a b Michael Ashkenazi (1 January 2003). Handbook of Japanese Mythology. ABC-CLIO. p. 123. ISBN 978-1-57607-467-1. 
  2. ^ Rossella Marangoni (2008). Zen. Mondadori Electa. p. 99. 
  3. ^ Asiatic Society of Japan (1964). Transactions. Yushodo Booksellers, ltd. p. 320.