Gandantegchinlen Monastery

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Gandantegchinlen Monastery Reviews

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not to miss Jan 20, 2015
It is a Tibetan-style monastery in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar. The Tibetan name translates to the "Great Place of Complete Joy". This monastery is one of Mongolia’s most important, and also one of its biggest tourist attractions.

As you enter the main entrance from the south, a path leads towards the right to a courtyard containing two temples. The northeast building is Ochidara Temple (sometimes called Gandan Süm), where the most significant ceremonies are held. As you follow the kora (pilgrim) path clockwise around this building, you see a large statue behind glass of Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa sect. The two-storey Didan-Lavran Temple in the courtyard was home to the 13th Dalai Lama during his stay here in 1904 (when he fled Lhasa ahead of a British invasion of Tibet).

The squares were almost completely covered with pidgeons as the locals were feeding them.

The belief here is that it is a good deed to feed them, as they may be a relative or friend from another life. We spoke to a local and he told us he was thinking about his dead mother when he was feeding the doves.

At the end of the main path as you enter is the magnificent white Migjid Janraisig Süm , the monastery’s main attraction. If you want to take photo inside you have to pay $5 it says the funds will go for restoration. Lining the walls of the temple are hundreds of images of Ayush, the Buddha of Longevity, which stare through the gloom to the magnificent Migjid Janraisig statue stands 26,5 meters. It is made of copper and is gilded in gold.

We highly recommend taking your time here and enjoying the history that can only be found here at the Gandan Monastery.
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