Kazygurt Holy Mountain
Cradle of Humanity
Kazakhstan Mountains, Waterfalls and Peaks. Kazakhstan mountain districts
Holy scripts (Zabur, Taurat, Inzhil, and the Koran) contain a myth about a righteous person named Nukhepaigambar (Noah in Christianity). In an epochal act he saved himself, his whole family and the world's fauna specimens from the Biblical Flood. Warned by the Lord, he constructed an enormous ark (kerne) in which he placed "a pair of each animal".
According to various ancient legends, at the time of the Flood, Noah's Ark (Nukhpaigambar) landed on the Al-Zhudi Mountain in Arabia, Mount Ararat in the Caucasus, the Sinai in Palestine, or the Kazygurt Mount in Kazakhstan.
The legendary place (40 km from Shymkent) among the spurs of the Talass Alatau (the western ridge of the Tien-Shan mountains), People have preserved about 50 legends regarding the mountain's holiness. People believe the place where the Ark landed is still visible on the mountain. Locals call it "Kerne Kalgan" (Place of Noah's Ark). Amazingly, the size of "the local ark" is the same as in the description in one of the holy scripts, "The length of the ark is three hundred cubits (150 m), its width fifty cubits (25 m), and its height thirty cubits (15 m)".
The mountain has a second summit where another mystical object was found: an equilateral cross made of stones. Its diameter is 100 meters; the length of crossing bars is 38 meters. There are several versions of the origin of that unusual "sign". Some researchers relate it to the prophet Zarathustra. The huge cross made of stones may have been made with a ritual purpose by Zoroastrians, followers of the teaching of Zarathustra. According to other versions, similar crosses - signs of Tengri, god of the sky - were made several centuries before Christ in the Altai, which was the ancient homeland of the Turks.
There are many other tales about the unusual properties of this place. Saint Akbura-Ata lived at the foot of Mount Kazygurt. He called people to believe in one God. He treated them with herbs, prophesied, and had other supernatural abilities. The Shilter-Ata nature complex is also cited among holy places. The Ata-Ana rock symbolizes the forbearers of the human race, Adam and Eve. Two 33 meter high rocks have a passage between them, through which only a godly person may go. In Shilter-Ata there are stone statues of animals described in holy books. The area of the Kazygurt national park seems to have a supernatural aura.
Adam and Eve rock
33 archeological monuments have been found in the Kazygurt Mountains, and in their proximity. The bulk are located on the upper reaches of the Keles River and its tributaries. The Great Silk Road went through Kazygurt. From here the shortest routes to Uzbekistan, ancient Tashkent, Bukhara, Khiva, and Samarkand start. 3,000 year old Sairam (Ispidjab) is located 20-30 kilometers from Mount Kazygurt. In Sairam, an unusual underground structure was discovered (6th-8th cc). Scientists think it is a Buddha temple. According to some written sources, Turbat settlement (12th-17th cc.) and Sharapkhana (6th-16th cc.) are nothing but the ancient city of Gazgird. Legends (ordabasy) mention this place in connection with the Jungar invasion.
The nature in this region is rich and splendid. Close by, Aksu-Dzhabagly, one of the first nature preserves in Kazakhstan (founded in l926), is situated. In 1934, it was awarded the status of UNESCO biosphere preserve.
This place is a symbol of the unity and spiritual revival of nations. Within 20-30 km of Mount Kazygurt, the following sites are located: Sharapkhana settlement (6th-16th cc), Turbat settlement (11th-14th cc.) Ismail-ata (11th-14th cc.) and Isakhan-ata (11th-12th cc.) and the Ibragim-ata, Karashash-ana, and Mariyam-ana architectural complexes in Sairam (Ispidjab).
In the near future, the top of Mount Kazygurt will be decorated with a monument. Kazakh architects have designed a monument consisting of light colored and a dark colored parts. The light aboveground part will be in the form of three large shields set at various angles. A wide staircase will lead to the dark underground part. It will imitate an excavation site with the Ark's bow and left side with oars emerging from the soil.
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