There are two statues for worship: one in colored clay, located in the reception of He Ming Mountain; while the other in cloisonné, located in Dao Yuan Sheng Cheng (道源圣城).
Ling Zu is a guardian deity in Tao. He is red-faced with beard, dressed in golden armour with a red robe, has a three-eyed glare, stands on a wind-and-fire wheel and raises a metal whip in his hand. The image of Ling Zu is dignified, bold and powerful. In Ming Dynasty, the worship of Ling Zu was listed as a national celebration and he was honoured as “Long En Zhen Jun” (隆恩真君). This deity is a watchful eye for the heaven and the earth. According to some old literature, Ling Zu’s original name was Wang E, which meant malice; he used to be a deity for a temple but he abused his power by devouring young boys and girls. He was being punished by a Celestial Master called Sa Shou Jian for his malevolence by burning. Wang E appealed to the court in heaven; the Jade Emperor gave him an eye of wisdom and a gold whip to follow his enemy Sa. In case Sa made any mistakes, Wang E was also given the liberty to take revenge. After a lapse of twelve years, Wang E could find no fault with Sa. He ended up acknowledging Sa to be his master and took an oath to follow him. Since then, Sa changed Wang E’s name to be Wang Shan, which meant kindness. He is also recruited as one of the deities for thunder known as “ San Wu Huo Che Lei Gong” (三五火车雷公). Ling Zu’s birthday is on June 24th according to the Chinese calendar.
王灵官宝诰Wang Ling Guan