Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mongolia | Incarnations of Javsandamba 16 – 25

Earlier I posted about the statues of  the first  First Sixteen Incarnations of Javzandamba on display in the Larivan Temple at Erdene Zuu, in Kharkhorin, Övörkhangai Aimag. The sixteenth incarnation was of course Taranatha, who was born in Tibet and died in Mongolia. 

16. Жонан Дарната

Jonan Darnata (Taranatha) statue at Erdene Zuu

Tibetan thangka of Taranatha

This spectacular late nineteenth century thangka of Yamantaka (it measures over seven feet in length) was just recently unearthed in the archives of the Bogd Khaan Winter Palace Museum, a vast repository of materials many of which have never been put on public display before or even catalogued. The first twenty-four incarnations of Javzandamba are depicted at the top of the thangka. 

Taranatha on the Yamantaka thangka above

The next nine incarnations (17 through 25) served as the Bogd Gegeens of Mongolia. The first was of course Zanabazar

17. 1 Богд Занабазар (1635-1723)

Zanabazar  (Enlargement)

Statue of Zanabazar in the Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum 

18. II Богд Лувсандамбийдонмэ (1624-1557)


19. lll Богд Ишдамбийням (1758-1773)


20. IV Богд Лувсантүвдэнванчуг (1775-1813)


21.  V Богд Лувсанчүлтэм Жигмэддамбийжанцан (1815-1841)

Luvsanchültem Jigmeddambiijantsan 

22.  Vl Богд Лувсанбалдандамбийжанцан (1643-1648)


23. VII Богд Агваанчойживанчүгпринлайжамц (1849-1868)


24.  VIIl Богд Агваанлувсанчойжинямданзанванчүг (1869-1924)

Eighth Bogd Gegeen Agvaanluvsanchoijinyamdanzanvanchüg 

25. IX Богд Жамбалнамдолчойжижанцан (1932 – )


The Ninth Bogd Gegeen lives in Ulaanbaatar but reportedly is in very bad health. Speculation has already begun on where the 10th Bogd Gegeen will be born.