Taima-dera

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Taima-dera (當麻寺) is a Buddhist temple in Nara, Japan built originally in 612 by the Imperial Prince Maroko, the brother of Prince Shotoku. The temple was moved to its present location in 681 by the grandson of Prince Maroko, and serves as the head temple, or honzan (本山) of the now-defunct Hosso sect. The temple's main object of veneration is the Yakushi, but the most popular attraction is the Taima Mandala, a graphical representation of the Pure Land, and pilgrimage site for Pure Land Buddhists.

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Coordinates: 34°30′57.88″N 135°41′40.7″E / 34.5160778°N 135.694639°E / 34.5160778; 135.694639