It is said that Gizo Bosatsu can go any of 6 worlds in Buddhism and salvage suffering people from there.
There used to be a man called Onono- Takamori, who could go to and come from another world. One day, when he was in another world, he saw a man who was walking in the hell with the edge of his clothes burning. The man was trying to salvage the suffering people there in spite of the burning clothes. That was Gizo.
I heard another story.
When babies or young children died and went to the border of another world, they miss their parents and cry and cry.
At that time, Gizo comes and take them, by holding their hands, to the heaven.
When you walk along Teramachi street from Sanjo to Oike street, you will find a small temple called "Yata dera" temple.
Can you see a bell in front of you? In Kyoto, there are two bells. One is the one for welcoming the departed soul to come home during Obon period in Buddhism
It is in Rokudo-chinko-ji temple..
The people go to what is called "Rokudo-san" to ring the bell to tell their family in the heaven that they are ready to welcome them in Obon.
( Obon period is mid of August )
The other one is here. That is for sending the soul to the heaven.
This is a charm with a shape of Gizo- san. How cute! People write their wish on its back. Some people go back home with it, and others leave it in this temple.
Somehow, when I was here, I felt my heart eased.
This temple is very small but I am sure you will like it.
Why don't you come to see this cute Gizo-san?