Photographer's Note

During my long bike travel from my city Kharkiv to the Caucasus and back to Kharkiv, I crossed the territory of the Republic of Kalmikiya three times.

On my way from Ukraine to the Caucasus, I visited two rural administrative centers of the republic, Troitskoe and Iki-Burul, as well as its capital city, Elista.

When driving from Caucasia to the Lower Volga Region, I crossed other two Kalmyk administrative districts, Chernozemelskiy and Laganskiy.

The third time I got to Kalmykia, when riding along the Russian route M6 (“Kaspiy”), from Astrakhan to Volgograd. In Yenotayevskiy District of Astrakhan Oblast, the narrow strip of Kalmyk territory runs across the M6 highway, towards the Volga River, dividing the district into two separate parts according to the rule of thirds. The northwestern part occupies 1/3 of the district, while the southeastern one forms the rest 2/3. In the strip, at the right bank of the Volga, the administrative center of Yustinskiy District of Kalmykia, the urban village of Tsagan-Aman is situated.

In the picture you can see the Buddhist temple (khurul), which was restored in Tsagan-Aman in the 1990s according to a project developed by Vladimir Gilyandikov, near the house where lama Tugmyud-Gavdzhi (1887—1980) lived and conducted religious services. In the right side of the picture, red prayer wheels are seen.

GPS coordinates: 47.544496 Lat, 46.734172 Long, -2 m

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