三清道祖San Qing Dao Zu
Three statues of bronze gilt are erected to the deities, located inside San Sheng Gong
San Qing, also named as the Three Pure Ones, are the most honourable deities in Taoism. These deities include Yu Qing Yuan Shi Tian Zun (玉清元始天尊), Shang Qing Ling Bao Tian Zun (上清灵宝天尊) and Tai Qing Dao De Tian Zun (太清道德天尊). The trinity is the manifestation of the “Three One” Theory of Tao. In the 42nd chapter of Taoist classic Dao De Jing (道德经), it was said that “Tao produced One, One produced Two, Two produced Three and Three produced All Things. All Things carry Yin and Yang, when these two are well integrated, that is harmony.” In the 14th chapter, Tao was also described as an essence “Looked at but cannot be seen; Listened to but cannot be heard; Reached for but cannot be obtained. These three senses cannot be analysed, but they mingle and act as one.”
It is believed that San Qing is the manifestation of Yuan Shi Tian Zun, who comes into being at the beginning of Jing Qi (精气) and resides in Da Luo Tian (大罗天). He is eternal, limitless and formless. He was incarnated into two other deities namely Ling Bao Tian Zun during the time of Tai Shi (太始) - a state of the beginning of “form”, and Dao De Tian Zun during the time of Tai Su (太素) - a state of the beginning of “substance”.