Ulaanbaatar City Temple, Mongolia.

by Hollydobson1405 April. 16, 2017 1054 views

Biggest Buddhist temple in Ulaanbaatar: people will often visit from the countryside to pay their respects and wipe their sins. It has Tibetan, Chinese and Mongolian infuences - a lot of the mantras inside are written in Tibetan.

This is the God of forgiveness, so people will come here to have their sins erased. The right hand has holy water, the right a mirror - when she combines the holy water onto the mirror she can see all the 'bad' people, or the people who are suffering - the centre hands are flicking the holy water onto the sinners to cleanse and erase their sins. The long scarf is handmade silk from India. During WW2, the mongolians sacrificed this buddha to make bullets, and once they re-established religion in Mongolia, all of the locals would donate their gold, gemstones, etc to help re-build it.

These are mantra wheels - worshippers will walk around and turn as many wheels as they like. Each wheel holds a separate mantra, and they believe that they are making the mantra personal to them and giving them luck.

In Mongolian (red) buddhism - which is a development of Chinese (yellow buddhism) that was overly restrictive - they give scarves to people of different ranking/social standing. Yellow/orange are given to religious figures or teachers (educated people); white is given to the mother of the family as it is pure (like milk); blue represents Mongolia's eternal blue sky, so people will give this scarf to anybody that they deeply respect; green/red represent the earth or fire and will be used in any form of land ritual ceremony.

This is a stoopa. They're often found outside buildings, outside banks and especially in the countryside (maybe in a minature form). They are a purification building/monument used to calm dieties and protect the land from bad energy and luck.

Wishing tree - this is the only tree that wasn't destroyed during WW2, so locals will touch it and whisper their wishes into the tree as part of a ritual when they visit the temple. They believe that nature has huge powers.

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