To enrich the public’s knowledge about Queen Consort Dondogdulam’s
scholarly side as well as her personality, the exhibition, ‘The Last Queen of
Mongolia’, has opened, displaying the exhibits that relate to her, being stored
in the Bogd Khaan’s Palace museum.
Her belongings including snuff bottle, pipe, prayer beads and
pearl vest and cap, which were intricately crafted by the craftsmen of the Bogd
Khaan’s palace in the beginning of the XX century were displayed. Aside from
being literate in Tibetan, the queen consort was not only skillful in arts and
crafts, but also doingChod Lujin
with her great melodious voice according to the elderly monks.
Director of the Bogd Khaan Palace Museum Ts.Erdenebaatar
said, “Not everyone knows about what kind of person the queen was and her
contribution to the Mongolian rule. The Queen Consort Dondogdulam was very
educated. She used to do Lujin and even conducted oracular rite or “Chojin” in
some cases. “Chojin” is to call down divine spirits. Some say that if she
recited Buddhist sutras at a place that had a drought or dzud (severe winter),
the harsh conditions would soon cease.”
The Culture and Arts Authority has taken measures to preserve the
sites which have bonds with the Queen Consort Dondogdulam and in partnership
with the Institute of History and Archeology at the Mongolian Academy of
Sciences made research and archeological excavation, publishing a handbook on
their research. The findings, such as a clay Buddha sculpture, scraps of paper
and human skull made out of clay, were also displayed at the exhibition.
Director of the Bogd Khan Palace Museum
Ts.Erdenebaatar said, “Only about 12-13 percent of our total collection are put
on display at the museum. The artifacts of this exhibition are a part of that
80 percent which are kept hidden.”
According to people, since the Queen Consort Dondogdulam was
proclaimed as the Tara Queen, the Bogd Khan’s summer palaces including Green
Palace and Khaistai Laviran became rapidly prosperous. After her death in 1923,
it is said that her corpse was respectfully transported with eight
light-colored horses to the current Sharga Morit Valley, to be melted in
clarified butter. From that time on, the locals say that eight trees, each of
different type began to grow in the nearby mountain passes, which still remain
to this day. The eight horses that were used for transport were venerated as
sacred, which became the name of the valley, ‘Sharga Morit’- having light bay horse.
The exhibition will run until December 9 at the Bogd Khan Palace
Museum, free of admission.