XII Khambo Lama Dashi Dorzho Etigelov
Art workshop «Erkhim Darkhan»
bronze / patine / wooden plinth
Subsequent medical and scientific committees recognized that the body did not undergo mummification, but at the same time could not clearly explain the reasons for this phenomenon. In 2003, the Buddhist conference recognized the body of Etigelov as one of the sacred Buddhist objects of Russia. They also agreed that the former leader of East Siberian Buddhists XII Pandita Khambo Lama Dasha Dorzho Etigelov is still in a deep meditative state of samatha, into which he entered back in 1927. As of 2005, Etigelov's body was kept at Ivolginsky datsan (Buryatia), out of doors, in contact with other people, without preserving any temperature or humidity regimens. His hands remain flexible, his nails perfectly trimmed, his skin is leathery but soft. Today, millions of pilgrims and tourists from all over the world come to Buryatia to bow to the Great Master and to receive his blessing.