Nirvana ritual

At Buddhist Temples

(Feb. 15 or Feb. 15th of the lunar calendar)

Nirvana ritual is held annually
in memory of Shakyamuni's death.

Many temples decorate Nievana paintings/Nehan-zu and explain about that.

Nehan-zu is a picture which describes the moment
when Shakyamuni passed away.
He lies under the paired sai trees (o/sarasoju)
with his head faces north on his right arm and face
faces west. He is surrounded by crying disciples and
animals who grieve over his death.