600-year-old deity to “visit” Alishan

The Shouzhen Temple of Alishan will hold the “Reception Ceremony of the Statue of the Supreme Lord of the Mysterious Heavens (Xuan Tian Shang Di) from Wudang Mountain” on October 29, 2014.
All temples or individuals worshipping the deity are cordially invited to bring its statues by 17:00, October 28, 2014 to the Shouzhen Temple, in humble reception of the first statue ever made in reverence of the god. At noon, October 29, 2014, a ceremony will be held to officially mark the entrance of the statue from Wudang Mountain. Joint worships and sutra chanting will follow suit, and at 18:00 a banquet will take place including Wudang martial arts and indigenous Tsou singing and dance performances.
The Shouzhen Temple is situated in a mountainous area 2,170 meters above the sea level in Alishan Township, Chiayi County. The magnificent temple is over a hundred years old and is geographically the highest of all that worship the Supreme Lord of the Mysterious Heavens in Taiwan. Every year, right before lord’s birthday on March 3rd of the lunar calendar, “divine butterflies” would come and rest on the lord’s statue, as if forming a suit of armor. They would linger on until end of the deity’s birthday. People say the mysterious butterflies are here to celebrate the lord’s birthday, and believers swarm in to witness the miraculous scene. On other days of a year, Shouzhen Temple is visited by plenty of tourists. Note that the deity’s residence in China, Wudang Mountain, is listed as a world heritage site.
Again, all temple groups and individuals worshipping the lord are welcome to take part in this festivity of divine blessings. For more information, please contact the Shouzhen Temple, Alishan at +886-5-2679982.