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)

Luvsandambiidonme  










19. lll Богд Ишдамбийням (1758-1773)

Ishdambiinyam  










20. IV Богд Лувсантүвдэнванчуг (1775-1813)

Luvsantüvdenvanchug







21.  V Богд Лувсанчүлтэм Жигмэддамбийжанцан (1815-1841)

Luvsanchültem Jigmeddambiijantsan 









22.  Vl Богд Лувсанбалдандамбийжанцан (1643-1648)

Luvsanbaldandambiijantsan 












23. VII Богд Агваанчойживанчүгпринлайжамц (1849-1868)

Agvaanchoijivanchülgprinlaijamts








24.  VIIl Богд Агваанлувсанчойжинямданзанванчүг (1869-1924)

Eighth Bogd Gegeen Agvaanluvsanchoijinyamdanzanvanchüg 










25. IX Богд Жамбалнамдолчойжижанцан (1932 – )

 Jambalnamdolchoijijantsan




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.