Amarbayasgalant Monastery

The “Monastery of Tranquil Felicity”, once one of the three largest Buddhist centres in Mongolia, is located near the Selenge river, in the Iven valley, at the foot of Mount Buren- Khan. Built between 1727 and 1736, it is one of the very few monasteries to have partly escaped the destruction of 1937, after which only the buildings of the central section remained. The entire contents: the thankas, statues, and manuscripts, were looted by the communists, or hidden until more fortunate times. Restoration  work began in 1988 and some of the new deities were commissioned in Delhi. India.

The Monastery was originally built to house the remains of Zanabazar, the foirst Bogd Gegeen, or Undur Gegeen, the “August light”. At the time of Manchu expansion in Mongolia, Zanabazar allied himself with Emperior Kangxi (1662-1722). The aim of the Manchus in founding this monastery was to seal with great pomp this alliance between the Mongol Lamaist church and Manchu power.

The entrance of the monastery is located in the south and preceded by a screen meant to prevent evil spirits from entering.It leads to the small Hall of the Seal here the tabletsbearing the imperial edict on the founding of the monastery were kept. Furthermore, there are many halls which kept the secret histories.  

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