Idaten is the Buddhist god of legislation and monasteries. Ida-Ten protects monks and could be referred to as on to protect their goodness.

Ida-Ten strikes sooner than any god or human. This means makes him the topic of an expression in Japan, “to run like Ida-Ten,” which implies about the identical factor as “to run like the wind” in English. The expression refers to a legend regarding Buddha’s dying. As Buddha lay in his coffin, a demon got here and stole one of his enamel. Ida-Ten leapt up and pursued him a fantastic distance, lastly catching the satan and retrieving the tooth.

Scholars hint Ida-Ten to the Hindu god Skanda, also referred to as Okārttikeya. Buddhists started honoring him within the seventh century.