Pioneer of the Dalit Buddhist movement, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar is known to have frequented this temple.
An oasis of calm amidst the cacophony of city life, Nipponzan Myohoji is popularly known as the oldest and the only surviving Japanese temple in Mumbai. Spread over an area of almost 820 square km, this temple belongs to the order of Nichiren Buddhism and it was established by Nichidatsu Fujii, a Japanese monk. With links to more than a 700-year-old prophecy, this Buddhist temple exudes an enigmatic aura that is definitely worth the experience!
A place of worship that welcomes all
It is believed that a thirteenth-century Japanese Buddhist monk, Nichiren, claimed that ultimate salvation can be attained in the western part of India, the country where Buddhism originated. Nichidatsu Fujii came to India, centuries later, to actualise this prophecy by communicating the Lotus Sutra and he subsequently built the Nipponzan Myohoji Temple.
In 1956, the original structure was converted into a free resthouse and a nursery school while a new temple was added on the same site, which is now visited by devotees of all faiths. It is noteworthy to mention that Dr. B R Ambedkar, who inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement in India, also frequented this temple.
Adding to the several charms of Mumbai, this Japanese Buddhist Temple is yet another testimony of its long-standing cosmopolitan culture. Experience the placid aura as the chants of 'Namu-Myoho-Renge-Kyo' heal you from within with a visit to this one-of-its-kind temple, whenever the pandemic situation permits!
Timings: 05:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Dr. Annie Besant Road, opposite Poddar Hospital, B Wing, Worli, Mumbai