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                                       The Opening ceremony
 
  As a result of hopeful planning, strenuous effort and devotion the temple was erected. In December 1929, the Kalmyks solemnly dedicated their Buddhist temple in Belgrade, the first and only of its kind in Europe. The consecration  ceremony was headed by Baksha Namjal Nimbushev who came from Paris for the occasion.

 
 
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The significance of Belgrade Temple for Kalmyk people can easily be understood if one bears in mind that
"the atrocities of the Communists in the Don Cossack region was so intense that by 1925 there were no longer either monasteries or Buddhist clergy. As a matter of fact, most of the temples were burn out or razed to the ground as far as in 1918- 1920".  (1) 

By death of Menke Bormanshinov   in 1919, the spiritual head of the Don Kalmyks, the Buddhist faith experienced its final death throes.
 

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(1) Arash Bormanshinov: "The Kalmyks: their ethic, historical, religious and cultural  background",
                                           (Howell, Kalmyk American Cultural Association, 1990, p.13.)

                                       On historical, religious and cultural background of  the Kalmyk people see
                                       Arash Bormanshinov: The Kalmyk Manual, New York, 1961