Undur Gegeen Zanabazar, the High Saint and First Bogd Jebtsundanba, is a great
personality of state, society, religion, arts and culture of Mongolia.
As his genius was remarked by folk as he spoke the Jambal tsanjod (Ode to Buddha)
by heart at the age of three and reading sacred books and doctrines in Sanskrit
and Tibetan, Setsen Khan (Wise King) Sholoi met his parents, exalted his own
title of Gegeen (Saint) to Zanabazar and sent an envoy to Panchen Lama on informing
about Zanabazar and asking for an opportunity to become the disciple of Panchen
5th Dalai Lama Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso, Panchen Lama Lobsang Choegyi Gyaltsen of
Tibet and Naichun choijun identified Zanabazar as the reincarnation of the scholar
Taranatha of the Jonang school of Tibetan Buddhism and was exalted at the age
of five as the First Saint Bogd Jebtsundanba of Mongolian Buddhism in Shireet
Tsagaan Nuur (Throne White Lake) at the southern slope of Ikh (Great) Mongol
Mountain. At his exaltation of Mongolian Gelugpa Buddhism, his father Tusheet
Khan Gombodorj offered 108 disciple monks as attendants to him and his three
brothers each 30 families, which later became a tradition of Mongolian
aristocrats and noblemen to offer attendant families from their own servants.
The number of attendants to reincarnations of Bogd Jebtsundanba increased which
later rooted the name of ‘Myriad Disciples’. The ceremony and Naadam festival
to give offerings to the Bogd reincarnation became a tradition celebrated from
generation to generation.
This painting is the most interesting artwork from among the paintings depicting
Zanabazar and was created in woodblock printing technique in early 20th