Genghis Khan Mausoleum – Close Ups

No photography was allowed inside the mausoleum of Genghis Khan in Inner Mongolia.

So, I am not able to share many of the interesting exhibits like clothing, weapons, coffin etc of Genghis Khan. This is very much regrettable.DSCF2304

Outside the mausoleum, there is a vast space for worshiping of   Genghis Khan.DSCF2306

There was a raised circular space with steps on the sides, presumably this is for staging the worship ceremony.DSCF2308

On the sides, there are stone sculptures of dragon heads.DSCF2309

One of the pictures taken was a close up of the dragon head.

There are also copper or bronze vessels for burning of joss sticks, for making offers during the worshiping ceremony.DSCF2315

As someone who knows not much at all of the Mongolian culture and history, I was at a loss as to what many of the things I saw represent.

For the sake of sharing, I am sharing photos here that I still don’t understand what they represent.DSCF2316

I hope when I have the time, I will research into their meaning and significance.

Genghis Khan’s Mausoleum

Known as Emperor Taizu of the Yuan Dynasty and also named Temujin, Genghis Khan (1162-1227) is a leader of the Mongol tribe, as well as a strategist and a statesman.DSCF2294

Among all the significant rulers in Chinese history, Genghis Khan was  one of the greatest. He was the founder of Mongol Empire and the  sequential Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), and by the end of his life, the  Mongol Empire occupied a substantial portion of Central Asia and China.DSCF2292

The present Genghis Khan’s Mausoleum was built in 1954 in Erdos city,  about 185 km from Baotou, the largest city of Inner Mongolia.DSCF2293

Most people believe that this mausoleum is not where he was actually  buried but is rather a gathering place for Mongolian people to worship  the spirit of the mighty Genghis Khan. The great ruler’s real burial  place still remains a mystery. The mausoleum consists of three grand halls, which are shaped like Mongolian yurts.DSCF2303

The joss sticks and candles in the halls of the tomb burn all year round. Every year, four grand sacrificial ceremonies are held here to commemorate Genghis Khan, a hero of the Mongolian people.DSCF2300

These pictures were taken at the mausoleum, as part of my trip to Inner Mongolia.