Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov

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Dashi Dorzho Itigilov
BornMay 13, 1852
Ulzy Dobo (present-day Republic of Buryatia), Russian Empire[citation needed]
DiedJune 15, 1927(1927-06-15) (aged 75)

Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov (Russian: Даши-Доржо Итигэлов; Buryat: Этигэлэй Дашадоржо, Etigelei Dashadorjo; 1852–1927) was a Buryat Buddhist lama of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Born in the countryside of Buryatia, Itigilov's parents left him at an early age, forcing him to pursue sheep-herding to make ends meet. When he was 15, Itigilov joined the Anninsky Monastery, where he learned to read Tibetan and Sanskrit, enabling him to read Buddhist texts and serve in the Buddhist community. After becoming the religious leader of Russian Buddhists, Itigilov raised money to provide food, clothing, and medical care to World War I soldiers, among other philanthropic acts. In 1927, he died, passing away in a Lotus position. After he was buried in a pine box, Itigilov was exhumed in 1957, showing a remarkably intact body. After a change of clothes, a reburial, and a second exhumation in 1973, it was finally decided in 2002 that Itigilov would remain above ground permanently. The surprising preservation of Itigilov's corpse has been a subject of confusion among scientists.[1]


The exhumed body of Itigilov

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  1. ^ Ilina, Anastasiia (2018-08-13). "The Mystery Behind Russia's Buddhist "Miracle"". Culture Trip. Retrieved 2020-11-04.