2015.05.20

Khamariin khiid

The Khamar monastery was established in 1822 by 19th century’s famous an enlightenment thinker, educator, poet and 5th noble saint Noyon Hutagt Danzanravjaa. The Monastery was an important centre of the Buddist “red sect”. Khamar Monastery consisted of more than eighty temples and resident population of over five hundred lamas. The nearby “Khuukhdiin datsan” (children’s college) offered basic and vocation, artistic training for local children, who often went on to become singers and dancers, painters, sculptors, and other artists at the Monastery or in its theatre company. Also, in Khamar Monastery there were a public library, museum, poetry recital hall, and other facilities, making it an important regional cultural centre. He composed and performed an offering ceremony of “Mask dance”, built a story singign temple for performing the “Moon cuckoo play”. The monastery was completely destroyed by the military in 1938 during Mongolia’s religious purge. Khamar Monastery was reestablished in 1990, with the support of the local people and religious community.

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