Benzaiten Sect                                                                                弁財天信仰

Details on the goddess Benzaiten can be found here. I have been unable to find any estimates for the number of Benzaiten shrines. My own data base, which now includes 64,252 shrines, has just twelve where Benzaiten is in the name of the shrine or where she is indisputably the main enshrined kami. In many other shrines there are subordinate shrines to her and this number must be quite large, I would hazard a guess at least in the high hundreds, and adding in the temples where she is worshipped may well double the shrine figure. The following table lists the major Benzaiten shrines, and the first three, Enoshima Jinja, Itsukushima Jinja, and Tsukubumu, are usually considered to be the Top Three Benzaiten Jinja in Japan.

Enoshima Jinja                                    Kanagawa-ken, Fujisawa-shi, Enoshima 2-3-8

   江島神社 弁才天                             神奈川県藤沢市江の島2-3-8

Itsukushima Jinja                                Hiroshima-ken,  Hatsukaichi-shi, Miyajima-chō 1-1

   厳島神社                                        広島県廿日市市宮島町1-の1

Hōgon-ji, Tsukubusuma Jinja            Shiga-ken, Nagahama-shi, Hayazaki-chō 1664

   宝厳寺竹生島神社                            滋賀県長浜市早崎町1664

Rokkōhime Daisen Jinja                     Hyōgo-ken, Kōbe-shi, Nada-ku, Rokkōsan-chō
   六甲比命神社 弁財天                        兵庫県神戸市灘区六甲山町
Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku jinja    Kanagawa-ken, Kamakura-shi, Sasuke 2-25-16
   銭洗弁財天宇賀福神社                      神奈川県鎌倉市佐助2-25-16

Benzaiten                                            Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama-shi, Kōhoku-ku, Morooka-chō 1137
   弁才天                                           神奈川県横浜市港北区師岡町 1137
Yase Benzaiten Taisha                       Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Ukyō-ku, Yasekonoe-chō 681
   八瀬の弁財天大社                            京都府京都市左京区八瀬近衛町681
Koganeyama Jinja                              Miyagi-ken, Ishinomaki-shi, Ayukawahama, Koganeyamasan 5
   黄金山神社                                     宮城県石巻市鮎川浜金華山5
Kiyomizu Benzaiten Sha                   Nagano-ken, Saku-shi, Iwamurada
   清水弁財天社                                  長野県佐久市岩村田
Tenkawa DaiBenzaiten Sha              Nara-ken,  Yoshino-gun, Tenkawa-mura Tsubo-no-uchi 107
   天河大辯財天社                               奈良県吉野郡天川村坪内107
Benzaiten Sha                                     Niigata-ken, Agano-shi, Kamiebata 2334-1
   弁財天社                                        新潟県阿賀野市上江端2334-1
Benzaiten Jinja                                    Saga-ken, Imari-shi,  Matsushima-chō 180
   弁財天神社                                     佐賀県伊万里市松島町180
Fukushima Benzaiten                       Shiga-ken, Gamoo-gun, Azuchi-chō Shimotoira 7437
   福島弁才天                                     滋賀県蒲生郡安土町大字下豊浦7437
Tamagawa Benzaiten Jinja                Tōkyō-to, Ōta-ku,  Haneda  6-13-8
   玉川弁財天神社                               東京都大田区羽田6-13-8

 

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