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Mahakala, incarnation of Mahesvara ( god of wealth) or in Japanese as Daikokuten.
Shichifukujin (The seven gods of good luck) are the seven gods that bring good luck. They are representative of gods and holy persons in Buddhism, Shintoism and Taoism and are often drawn riding in a treasure ship. It has been said that in Japan, imitating a historical story of seven holy men in ancient China, people put together seven gods of good luck and became to believe in them. Shichifukujin became widely known in the Muromachi Period (1338-1573). Nowadays, at temples and shrines with shichifukujin connections, people pray for long life and family well-being, and merchants, hoping for business success, display shichifukujin pictures.

A ceremony to consecrate a newly made Buddhist statue or image by inserting the eyes (thereby investing it with soul) in Yakushima Island, Kagoshima, Japan on October 16, 2011. Officiating Monk: Gosen Ikeguchi, a high-ranking Buddhist priest of Shingonshu Sect. see the video
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