Gandan Monastery

Gandantegchinlen Khiid, which roughly translates as 'great place of total joy, is the largest monastery in Mongolia. Building began in 1838 and the monastery was closed during the Soviet purges in which many thousands of monks died. However in 1944 it was
hurriedly reopened  to meet a request from a visiting US Vice-President to see a monastery and then kept open as a showpiece until religious freedom returned it to its proper use in 1990. We went there on a foul, cold, sleety day to find one of the monthly ceremonies packed with people; Buddhism is resurgent in Mongolia and it now has more than 500 monks. Extensive refurbishment was taking place externally which, together with the weather, reduced the opportunity for pictures.

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Prayer wheel

Prayer wheels

Prayer wheel

Prayer wheels

Janraisig

Detail

Temple

Offering

Altar

Altar

Temple

Janraisig

Incense burner

Stupa





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