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The torch of the Sochi Winter Games was welcomed at the Ivolginsky Datszan (temple), the heart of Russian Buddhism on November 22.

November 22, 2013

The Olympic flame was taken to the gates of the temple by three riders in Buryat national costumes. The torch relay ended with a ceremony of Goroo - the flame was carried through the area of the temple according to the movement of the sun, while the lamas prayed for Olympic success.

November 22, 2013

The Olympic torch is being welcomed by the leader of Russia's Buddhist community - Khambo Lama Damba Ayusheev - as it arrives in the Republic of Buryatia located in Eastern Siberia.

November 22, 2013

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