Sunday, April 17, 2011

Mongolia | Ulaanbaatar | Tarvaling Khiid | Part I

Wandered up by Tarvaling Khiid, one of the newer temples in Ulaan Baatar. It was officially opened on February 2 of this year, the day before Tsagaan Sar, the Mongolian New Year, The temple is located on the top of Makhuur Tolgoi, one of the Three Hills of old Örgöö (Ulaanbaatar), not to be confused with the Four Mountains of Ulaan Baatar. The other two hills are Erdene Tolgoi and of course my beloved Zaisan Tolgoi
Front of the new temple
Main altar of Tarvaling Khiid
My old friend Ganaa, who gave me a ride to Tarvaling Khiid, with butter sculptures on the main altar
One of the butter sculptures on the main altar
Portrait of the 9th Bogd Gegeen, oddly enough woven into a carpet. This is the only carpet portrait I have ever seen in a Mongolian temple. 
Ariunbold, head monk of Tarvaling Khiid.
Ariunbold
Monk at Tarvaling Khiid
Monk at Tarvaling Khiid
Monk at Tarvaling Khiid
Monk at Tarvaling Khiid
Monk at Tarvaling Khiid
Monk at Tarvaling Khiid

4 comments:

  1. The last monk is most mesmerizing.
    The exterior of the building seems plain, but oh, the inside is so vibrant. Thank you for showing us, and especially for the portraits of the monks. The moles give me a feeling of deep kinship, though that is silly.

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  2. They have all been your mother at one time or another.

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  3. Yes, she's got them as well. Maybe that explains my inclination to study above all else in life.

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  4. HELLO. our monastery's name is not TARAVLIN, it's TARVALING.
    and thank you for posted on your blog, our monks picture...

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