The Eej Khad or Mother Rock is located 90km from Ulaanbaatar
and 15km from Zuunmod the center of Tuv aimag in the territory of Sergelen sum, Tuv aimag
. Eej Khad is about two meters high and is a naturally formed rock, dressed up with clothes and Khadag (silk band, mostly blue color), and is a sacred pilgrimage site for people of Mongolia. Worshippers have been visiting the Eej Khad since early times and believe that Eej Khad has the power to fulfill their desires and also ensure the future happiness of their children.
In fact, it is not allowed to call the rock by its name (Eej Khad) once you are there. It is advised to refer as the Eej Khairkhan or Holy Mother rather than Mother Rock in order to show great respect. If you did visit the Eej Khad once you are obliged to do it three years in a row due to the local customs and beliefs. The pilgrims should bring offerings such as biscuits, sweets, milk, rice or a bottle of alcoholic beverage, for instance vodka which is mostly brought as well as a Khadag. Women whisper their wishes into the top left side of the Mother Rock considered as the “ear” where men into her right “ear”.
On the dirt road (unpaved) leading to the Eej Khad, pilgrims leave bars of tea which is well known for its shape as “round cornered” tea piling them along a wire-fence making a fence as an offering for the sacred Mother, a tradition that has already been set, where every believer puts a bar of tea on the top of the fence.
There are many legends related to the Mother Rock and one of these is recorded as the following:
Once upon a time there was an old lady breeding three goats. She milked her goats all year around and lived upon the milk, and moreover she could spare some milk for poor people. Therefore the local people showed a great deal of respect to her and everyone used to call her Mother. One day, unexpectedly the Mother had passed away and when local people visited her, found out the body of the Mother was in the position of sitting and which later the figure turned into a rock. Since then the local people started worshiping the Mother Rock in memory of the Mother who used to feed them with milk. The three goats also had turned into rocks and these sacred rocks nearby are thought to generate good luck.
is a nomadic country where people live in harmony with the nature and believe in its powers. Therefore, Mongolians have worshiped the ever Blue sky, rivers and mountains since the dawn of history. The Eej Khad is one of the many examples that show love and respect by Mongolians towards Mother Nature.
There are also other special rocks in this area. Yembuu Khad is a rock with the power to make people rich. There are all sorts of procedures for rubbing money on the rock to receive its blessing. Next to Yembuu Khad is Camel Rock, resembling the two humps of a Bactrian camel. Women straddle this rock, it is said to be good for women's health.