Astana Baba

Astana Baba



The name of Astana Baba is well known to every citizen in Lebap Velayat. People say that he could turn the river back and the mausoleum appeared on the place when Astana Baba had died over the night. This huge and shining architectural monument, the most ancient part of which was built in the first half of the 12th century, and the whole building was erected in the 17th century, became a place of pilgrimage for many people from all the regions of Turkmenistan. The sanctity of the monument is associated with the fact that it was made from clay and water from Mecca! According to the legend, clay was brought by the order of the governor of Charvelayat (the medieval region of Khorasan) Hazret Nur Ogly (in other version Ubeida). His beautiful daughter Zubeida died soon after the wedding, and grief-stricken father decided to build a mausoleum in commemoration of his daughter. The best masters arrived from Merv and Samarkand to build the mausoleum. In spite of all their efforts, the mausoleum collapsed three times for unknown reasons. Ubeida fell into despair. One day, in his dream, he saw Astana Baba, who said that the mausoleum would stand the centuries if clay and water were brought from Mecca. The following morning, Ubeida sent a caravan to the holiest city. Clay from Mecca was mixed with local clay and water from Mecca was poured into the well. The mausoleum built from holy clay and water is over 5 centuries old.

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