Slow Walk Illustrated Guide
Zentsu-ji Tanjo-in Birthplace Complex (West Temple)
This is a "kongosho" (Buddhist ritual object). Its form traces its origins from the "vajra," a weapon used in ancient India, and it is one type of Vajrayana Buddhist implement that is used during adhisthana prayers and ascetic practices. It is said to possess powers to strike down any inner earthly desires, and to conjure up and awaken the bodhicitta. Based on the shape of its cutting blades, there are different types of "kongosho," such as "tokkosho," "sankosho," "gokosho," and "subegokosho." Statues of Kobo Daishi are typically built so that he is holding a "gokosho" in his right hand.
Zentsu-ji Treasure Hall, 3-3-1 Zentsuji-cho, Zentsuji City, Kagawa Prefecture