He mounted the statue on his helmet, praying to the gods for help in battle, and the victory came soon after, because his archers managed to kill the rival leader. To give thanks to the gods, Prince Shōtoku erected a temple dedicated to the Four Heavenly Kings - Shitennō in Japanese means “Four Gods".
Today, Shitenno-ji temple is one of the most interesting temples in Osaka, its five-story pagoda being one of the very few opened to visitors. Even more, you can climb to the top of the pagoda, a truly unique experience!
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