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Ivolginsky Datsan

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Ivolginsky Datsan is a Buddhist Temple opened in 1945 in the region of Buryatia, 23 km from Ulan Ude. Interestingly enough it was constructed during Soviet anti- religious campaign.

 

 

Location: 23 km (14 mi) South-west from Ulan Ude along highway A165, Buryatia   Map

Open: daily

Admission: free (25 rubles- $0.80 for camera)

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Description of Ivolginsky Datsan

 

Ivolginsky Datsan is one of the best known and most visited datsan in Buryatia (center of the Russian Buddhism) as well as Asia. The site of Ivolginsky Datsan is located close to Verkhnyaya Ivolga (Верхняя Иволга) village. The name of destination comes from a name for a bird "ivolga" or Golden Oriole and "datsan" a term used to describe monasteries that often contains an university. Buddhist university "Gandan Dashi Choinkhorlina" (Tibetan for "monastery Wheel Teachings, bringing joy and perfect hapiness") was opened in 1991 on the grounds of Ivolginsky Datsan.

 

 

History of Ivolginsky Datsan began in 1945 shortly after completion of World War II when numerous requests were made by the locals for a construction of religious complex. Village of Ivolga was chosen for a location of first buildings. They took one of the Russian houses and added some Asian wooden details to make it more Tibetan. The first open service "Sahyuusan Khurai" was held by gebshi Galsan Haydub. Despite official atheism stance of the Soviet Union, authorities allowed portion of the land to be given to a new religious and education facility.

 

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