Religion

Buddhism in Kalmykia

Between Stavropol Territory, Republic Dagestan and three areas - Volgograd, Astrakhan and Rostov the boundless steppes of Kalmykia are stretched. Surprisingly, but inhabitants of this republic profess the Buddhism which is very rare for Russia! How come this religion has got to depth of the Eastern Europe? History is a surprising thing! And how could oirats, aboriginals of these places, and modern Kalmyks keep here ancient traditions and religion of the country of snow - the presenter Irina Pudova will tell you. Together with the presenter you can visit the biggest Buddhist temple in Europe - Kalmyks call it «hurule» - the Gold Temple of Buddha Shakjamuni, also you will see a unique gold statue of Buddha and «the revived» teachers - the pandidts!

Director Mariya Smelkova

Presenter Irina Pudova

Year 2009

Duration 00:14:00

Director Mariya Smelkova

Presenter Irina Pudova

Between Stavropol Territory, Republic Dagestan and three areas - Volgograd, Astrakhan and Rostov the boundless steppes of Kalmykia are stretched. Surprisingly, but inhabitants of this republic profess the Buddhism which is very rare for Russia! How come this religion has got to depth of the Eastern Europe? History is a surprising thing! And how could oirats, aboriginals of these places, and modern Kalmyks keep here ancient traditions and religion of the country of snow - the presenter Irina Pudova will tell you. Together with the presenter you can visit the biggest Buddhist temple in Europe - Kalmyks call it «hurule» - the Gold Temple of Buddha Shakjamuni, also you will see a unique gold statue of Buddha and «the revived» teachers - the pandidts!

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