Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari has unveiled a stone statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Pethub Monastery in the Ulaanbaatar that is seen as symbol of India-Mongolia cultural and spiritual ties.
- After unveiling the statue of the ‘Father of the Nation’, the Vice President also went around the monastery founded by former Indian ambassador Kushok Bakula
- The Pethub Monastery, considered as symbol of India-Mongolia cultural and spiritual ties, was inaugurated in August, 1999 by Indian Vice President Krishan Kant.
- Rinpoche named his monastery as ‘Pethub’, which in Tibetan means a model or exemplary. The name is drawn from the main monastery in Ladakh which is also known as Spituk Monastery and is over 800 years old.
- Ansari also founded the monastery after feeling an urgent need to revive Buddhism and for establishing it, Rinpoche chose a tract of land in the city so that it turn out to be more accessible to the people.
♦ Capital: Ulaanbaatar
♦ Currency: Mongolian tögrög
♦ President: TsakhiagiinElbegdorj
♦ Prime minister: Chimed Saikhanbileg