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Old March 7th, 2011, 06:36 PM   #1
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One day in Elista, russian buddhism capital

Ive just come back home from Elista. This citys generally well known because of the largest buddhism temple in Europe. Also there is City Chess, the capital of the 33rd Chess Olympiad. So its often called an international chess mecca.
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The monument right before the city.


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We actually had had a bad weather for our excursion till we came to Elista. It was surprising to see no snow in it, cause my city was all under snow when we were at the beginning of the way, and its just like several hours by car from Kalmykia.
Elista isnt a big city, just about to 100 thousands residents, although there are monuments and buddhist ensembles almost everywhere.


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Unlike the most of russian cities by now the capital of Kalmykia is a very clean place, especially City Chess. I will tell about it in a while.
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The city centre, the central square.


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Old March 7th, 2011, 07:28 PM   #3
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The government building behind.


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Need to say again, there are lots of monuments, devoted to animals, the folclore characters and so on. For instance, this is called Grey-haired Old Man, he is the patron of animals.


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Old March 7th, 2011, 07:53 PM   #4
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This is so-called Heartless man, but originally the author meant to design a sculpture of a player who devoted himself to playing his music, literally in russian it sounds like "to do something from very heart", so the hole in his chest means that the instrument is like a part of him.


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So here we are with the temple!
The largest one in Europe, it is a 65 meter modern style building seen from every part of Elista.


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I hope these pics will be very interesting for our forums buddhists.
Although, i am not a buddhist, but i like the sights and atmosphere anyway.


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That Grey-haired Old Man ive told you about, again.


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Around the temple there are about to 20 statues like these. They were the most respectable ancient buddhist mentors.


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is this like a place of pilgrimage for buddhists?
most of the shrines are chinese but do I see one East Indian and one Thai?
anyways, this is one nice photo tour and thanks for that.
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is this like a place of pilgrimage for buddhists?
most of the shrines are chinese but do I see one East Indian and one Thai?
anyways, this is one nice photo tour and thanks for that.
they're not chinese
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As far as i know, the city is the place where pilgrims came from Mongolia many centuries ago.
Im sorry, i cant answer the second part of your message, because i dont know much about buddhism, but the names of those mentors made me think that this religion comes from India (as the names sound like indian) or Tibet, as ive known Dalai Lama lives there.
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To tell you the truth, this temple is not the only one in Elista. There are two of buddhism temples, the first is the one im showing you, and the other one is so-called "The Old Temple", its situated outside the city. We didnt go there yesterday, unfortunately.


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Its forbidden to shoot inside the temple, as much as i understand its cause there is a gigantic statue of Buddah (13 metres) covered with gold leaf, and flashes of cameras can damage it somehow.
By the way, the atmosphere inside was really relaxing! Ive never felt it before, real nirvana!


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Now we are going to City Chess, the capital of the 33rd Olimpiad.
On the way there, a Stalin repressions monument.


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Looks like a stack of faces, bodies, animals, so possible to stand staring at it for hours.


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We are eventually in City Chess.


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When you come there, it looks like you come in a european village, roads and sidewalks are clean, the houses are modern looking.


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Like in Elista, there are lots of sculptures, but they are devoted to Chess.


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So weired one. Im afraid to guess what it is. Girls walking by me when i was shooting it, laughed at it loudly. Seems like they were thinking about some ribald things.


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Interesting, very nice photos from this place
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Inside the main building.


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Now i know where the name New Vasyuki comes from.


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And in the streets of City Chess again.


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In the end of my report two else photos of ensembles.

Ostap Bender, a character of a soviet movie.


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Jungr, a kalmyk epos character.


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Thank you for visiting my report and further comments.
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