Crowds gather to see the “auspicious” mushrooms on the deity. According to local reports, on Aug. 12, in Nanjing County, a villager found some white spots on the right foot of an Avalokitesvara (also known as Guanyin) statue in the Chetou Mountain Temple.
He thought they were just some random stuff that had fallen or blown onto the statue, so he wiped them off. The next day, he found some more white spots, and he wiped them off again. A few days later, on Aug. 21, the man surprisingly found a lot of white mushrooms growing on the double arms of the Avalokitesvara statue.
White mushrooms gradually grew out of the chest, necklace, left shoulder, and other parts of the body. More than 100 mushrooms have grown out so far.
This Avalokitesvara statue is 2.68 meters high and 1.48 meters wide, at the base. After careful inspection, there do not appear to be any cracks in the surface paint where the mushrooms are growing. Villagers believe that these are “auspicious clouds.”
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