Showing posts with label Ninth Bogd Gegeen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ninth Bogd Gegeen. Show all posts

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. 

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.
Monk at Tarvaling Khiid
Monk at Tarvaling Khiid
Monk at Tarvaling Khiid
Monk at Tarvaling Khiid
Monk at Tarvaling Khiid
Monk at Tarvaling Khiid