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Introduction of Lugang Mazu Temple

By CatherineYen(20,979) CatherineYen

Engraving Ceiling of the Temple                                            Lu Gang MaZu (Holy Mother of Heaven)
 photo by Mr. Kuo, Tung Tai

Lu Gang is a town locates in Central Taiwan, near Zhang Hwa City, it is famous of its traditional culture, architecture, food and Children's toys.  While we mentioned Lu Gang,  we can't miss the chance to mention Ma Zu Temple
Lu Gang "Tian-Hou-Gong"  Palace was set up in the initial stage of Qing Dynasty and last years of Ming Dynasty(the past 312 years of the ROC, the 19th year of Wan-Li Emperor), the original positionn was in the north side of the present position, ancient name of the place is"Chuan-Zai-Tou" nearby "San-Tiao" alley, it was offered sacrifices to the Gods or the spirits of MaZu.  MaZu is one of the patron saints of the people in FuJian in early years.  When General Shi-Lang suppressed the chaos caused by war in Taiwan, his subordinate called Lan-Li requsted MeiZhou to bless and protect the army to win the civil war.  In the 22nd year of KangXi of Qing Dynasty(1683), Taiwan Civil war was supressed.  For appreciating the support of MaZu, General Shi Lang's nephew Shi QiBing built the state of MaZu and the temple called "Mei-Zhou-Kai-Ji-Zu-Shi Temple" in Lu Gang for people's praying.
In the 48th year of Kang Xi(1709), when Shi Shi-Bang had xcavated the iver completely, it attracted many people immigrating to Taiwan for Hang-Hwa plan developing, as a result, Lu Gang became the strategic city for immigating.  The belief of MaZu became widely due to the more and more immigrants from FuJian, so the original temple was too narrow to people haveing the pray.  In the 3rd year of Yong Zeng(1725), Mr. Shi Shi-Bang donated land for the temple building.  For appreciating his land donation, people in Lu Gang respected for the tablet with his name in the right room beside theh temple.  During the period of Jia-Qing Emperor, the temple was known as "Sheng-Mu-Gong" (Holy Mother's Palace).  After, the Emperor QingLong ordered his minister named Fu,Kang-An to build MaZu Temple in Lu Gang Hai Gan at treasury in the 52nd year of QingLong(1787) for the nobles to offer sacrifices to MaZu.  In order to distinguish two temples, the "Sheng-Mu-Gong/ the first palace" called "Jiu-Zu-Gong" (Old Palace) and the second palace called "Xing-Zu-Gong" (New Palace)
The temple was developing gradually and on Nov. 27, 1985, it was listed the third ancient achievement of theh country via the announcement of Ministry of Internal Affairs.  It was not only to affirm the historical position but to value of Tian-Hou-Gong Palace.  In 1996, the MaZu Cultural Center was completed, the precious article and historical document shown in the hall were appreciated popularly by visitors.  Later, the pilgrim building was completed, it has various functions of board and lodging, exhibitiion, meeting for people.

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