TUVKHUN MONASTERY
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Visitors hike 5 km up to the monastery from the skirt of the mountain. The Tuvkhun monastery was first established in 1648 by the 14 year old Zanabazar.  Jebtsundamba khutuktu Bogd first noticed this beautiful place in 1651, this is when he built a small wooden cabin for meditation. That was the beginning of the Tuvkhun monastery. The monastery was built by Mongolian carpenters and all the buildings have perfect mortises.

In 1992, the Tuvkhun monastery was determined to be under state protection, it has since been restored and now is a significant historical location in Mongolia. In this temple, First Bogd Zanabazar created great works of art, these include called: “Soyombo” script, along with many images of deities. Bogd Zanabazar used to get water from two wells near by the monastery. His Mongolian boot sole (38 cm) and hand prints have been found on the side of a northwestern rock.

Tuvkhun monastery used to have 14 small temples. This monastery exists near a unique geological formation called the ‘Womb Cave’. The Womb Cave is on top of a high and stiff rock that is located behind the monastery. The tradition of the womb cave dictates the method in which individuals traverse its 3 chambers. Women who enter the first chamber must turn left when they reach the intersection of the 2nd and 3rd chambers, men must turn right. The native belief states that upon exiting their prospective chambers, men and women are cleansed and reborn.

The right chamber called “Ulgii” is tall enough for an upright person, the left chamber “Senjit” is believed to cure those who cannot walk.

A cairn on top of these rocks is a male only pilgrimage site; and the other cairn that is down on the left is a female only pilgrimage site.

Övörkhangai, This monastery is located on the border of the Uvurkhangai and Arkhangai provinces, it is situated on a flat rocky area on the top part of the Shiveet-Ulaan mountain and is surrounded by wild-woods and rock cliffs.
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