Koratama tarehime-Mikoto 高良玉垂姫命
From Merged Shrines
Gokoku Jinja 護国神社
Mizu Jinja 水神社
Mitake Jinja 御嶽神社
Annual Festival: April 7
This is the twenty-fifth of my ex post facto shrine reports. I visited it in November 2016.
When this shrine was founded is unclear, but it is said to have come into existence as a Kumano Jinja sometime during the Kamakura/Muromachi Periods when the Kumano faith was flourishing. Known as Miyado-Kumano Jinja it was seen as the tutelary shrine for Miyado Village.
In 1907, in line with the government's Shrine Merger Order (神社合祀令), Miyado-Kumano Jinja was merged with two other local shrines, Tajimajinmei Jinja and Hamasaki Hikawa Jinja. The new shrine became recognised as a place where the Kumano Sansha could be worshipped from afar (“hakaruenjo”, 遥拝所).
In 1942 a shrine called Amatsu Jinja天津神社 in Muneoka Village was relocated to the Miyado-Kumano grounds, and the following year an Inari Jinja in Muneoka was merged with Amatsu Jinja. Following this, the Miyado-Kumano Jinja was renamed as Miyado Jinja and given village shrine ranking.
In 1956 the Kumano Sansha-related deities were returned to Kumano: along with this what had been the in-ground Komagata Jinja became the new main hall, (“honden”本殿), and the other in-ground shrines were grouped together.
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