The 140th birthday anniversary of Ekh Dagina Queen Dondogdulam, who was married to the 8th Bogd Khan Jibzundamba, is marked today, on November 7th, or day 15 of the final fall month according to the Mongolian lunar calendar.
A girl was born to Tsende's family of Khalkha Province, ruled by Khuvchiin Jonon beis Sangilagdorj, destined to become the Bogd Khan's consort, on day 15 of the final fall month in 1874.
On the occasion of the birthday anniversary of Ekh Dagina Dondogdulam, the director of the Bogd Khan Palace Museum, O.Mendsaikhan, historian O.Munkhjargal, and other officials showed respect to the throne of Ekh Dagina at the museum.
At the ceremony, O.Mendsaikhan noted that a number of events would be launched promoting Ekh Dagina's merit and celebrity, to remember and celebrate on the occasion of the birthday anniversary of the queen.
Tsendiin Dondogdulam served as a private servant and maid to the queen of Khuvchiin Jonon beis Sangilagdorj until she met the 8th Bogd Khan at Amarbaysgalant Monastery in 1896, when she went there to pray for Undur Gegeen. At that time, she was acknowledged to be unrivaled beauty, with six senses education, and great knowledge and balues. Thus she was given uvshinz – lay vows (Genen, upasika) deputy to the 8th Bogd Khan.
In 1911, Mongolia declared independence and crowned Jibzundamba as the 8th Bogd Khan and Dondogdulam as queen.
However, Ekh Dagina was not a spoiled person who succumbed to power and wealth.
It is said that Ekh Dagina was good at riding horses and shooting archery, and creating embroidery – like a typical Mongolian woman and spouse. She created a Sangai crafts community, leaving behind some of the most unique and unmatched artifacts in Mongolian history by merging over 120 of the nation's best craftsmen and craftswomen from all over Mongolia at that time.
Now, the heritages created by that crafts community are stored at the Bogd Khan Palace Museum, attracting visitors.