Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery), Ivolginsk

#1 of 10 in Historic Sites in Republic of Buryatia
Visit one the most important religious centers in Russia at Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery), home of the country's top Buddhist leaders. Constructed in 1945, the building is relatively modern, but with the look and feel of a traditional Buddhist monastery. Explore the complex and see its collection of regional artwork, artifacts, manuscripts, and other cultural items important to the Buryat people. There are also many prayer flags and religious decorations scattered around the yard. Don't miss one of the temple's main features: the preserved body of the 12th Khambo Lama, still sitting upright in prayer. Work out when and for how long to visit Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery) and other Ivolginsk attractions using our handy Ivolginsk day trip planner .
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  • Ivolginsk Datsan is a bit out of town but really worth visiting. You'll need a car/taxi to get there. It's a large complex with many temples, some old, others new and a it's a training centre for monk...  more »
  • A place where you can meet with Buddhism. Beautiful dugany with hand-carved and painted, bright interiors. The imperishable body of Hambo Lama Itigèlova. Many souvenirs with Buddhist symbolism. These Lamas and monks in traditional robes. All this can be uchilet here.
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  • I was expecting much more from visits to this place, after the temples in Ulan-Ude "Rinpoche Bagsha"-Ivolga datsan disappoint me. Why? 1. Ogoromnoe number of souvenir shops that they cannot come, because vendors yell to buy from them anything and frankly impose unnecessary things. 2. When you walk along the path, to twist the prayer drums everywhere hang plaques that is forbidden to do alms at the drums, but people are indifferent. All zakidano coins, rice and sweets. 3. A large number of tourists, all go back and forth, because could not understand where to go in the first place, there are no guides or brochures. 4. Does not create an atmosphere of calm, not adds a sense of tranquility and penetration into the religion. 5. Not always calm and friendly people. R. S Machines we have not had. Go to the temples at three minibuses with Ulan Ude, one of which broke down on the way and had to change to another.
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  • Rustic, Simple but rich in History as Joseph Stalin approved this first Monastery to be built
  • It is beautiful, I see recently on goole. Buddha Sangha Dhamma blessyou
  • Good history
  • Buddhist: mysterious monks still live 90 years after his death the death and the body of Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov monk's until today is still a real mystery that science is not yet able to have the answers. Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov 15/6/1927 is a memorable day for the students at a temple in Buryatia in Russia today. That is the day on which their mentor Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov say want to the afterlife. He asked the students buried themselves after death and dug up the corpse after 50 years. Is the spiritual leader of the Buddhists in Russia, Dashi-Dorzho is not a normal teacher. The preparation for the afterlife included a special diet. His plan has proved that immortality seems not too wild. When has come at the right time, he sat on the floor, eyes closed and died a few days later. Meet the wishes of the master, the Dashi-Dorzho buried students in a coffin made of cedar. However, practitioners of Dashi-Dorzho was unable to complete his remaining wish-50 years later determined the excavation. Instead, they must wait until the period after the cold war can do this. In 2002, 75 years after the burial, the body of Dashi-Dorzho finally also be excavated before the presence of a number of Russian Buddhist leaders and local authorities. However, they found inside the box was a scientific mystery really. What makes people really the main surprise is the face of Dashi-Dorzho remains intact. His body even remain stable, the skin stays soft and elastic properties, the joint is still moving. The modern forensic analysts actually do not know how to explain. Why a man 150 years old, died in the 75 years that the body was still so? After being sealed in a glass box, Dashi-Dorzho's body was taken to the Buddhist temple Ivolginsky Datsan. Fifteen years later, in 2015, the German body Lama remained unchanged despite not having any preservation measure to prevent decomposition is done. Even the notice have divided cells in his body, though is very slow. Dashi-Dorzho also quite heavy weight and maintain body temperatures from 65 to 93° F (approximately from 18 to 34 degrees C). Currently, the place kept his body became a famous pilgrimage of thousands of Buddhists every year. The Dashi-Dorzho that speculation had opened his eyes several times. In 2016, the logs of a security camera in the temple shows that he is moving out of the room at night. This is a really mysterious phenomena of science that whatever it does anyone understand why Dashi Dorzho-body back so well protected! security cameras at the temple shows that he is moving out of the room at night.
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  • If you switch from Ulan Ude you can take bus 130 main stop (down the street Lenina) and you can get there in 50 minutes. Buses every half hour all day until 21 both outward and return.
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