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Gunjiin Sum – Temple Of The Peaceful Princess

Tuv, Mongolia


Temple Dedicated to the Manchu Wife of Dondovdorj, Father of the Second Bogd Gegen

Location: N48o 11.009 – E107o33.379 miles northeast of Ulaanbaatar as the crow files and sixty – four miles by road via the tourist center of Terelj; at the upper end of Khokh Chuluutiin Gol, a small tributary of the Dund Bayangiin Gol, which flows into the Tuul River near Terelj.

The 1657 danshig naadam held for Zanabazar at Erdene Zuu after his return from hid second trip to Tibet marked the ascension of his influence among his Mongolian followers. As Pozdneev points out, “The Gegen’s might in Eastern Khalkh reached its extreme limits at this time; they believed in him and came to him with the most extraordinary requests. “ For instance, his nephew Galdandorj, son of the Tusheet Khan, met with Zanabazar and implored him to cure his wife’s infertility and grant him a son. After Zanabazar recognized Manchu suzerainty in 1691 the Qing emperor awarded Galdandorj the title of Darkhan Chingwang (prince of the first rank). His son Dondovdorj was brought up in Beijing, in the Qing court of Kangxi, and in 1697 the emperor gave him a princess to marry.


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