Grave of Saint Daniyar

The tomb of Daniyar: the story of life and legend

In the world there is a place, which is equally revered by Muslims, Christians and Jews. It is located in beautiful and ancient Samarkand that is the tomb of Daniyar (Daniel).

This Holy place is really connected with a lot of beautiful legends. The grave of Daniyar is located in the outskirts of the ancient Afrasiab city, in a long five-domed building of the mausoleum, the length of which reaches as high as eighteen metres.

As mentioned earlier, there are many legends about the tomb, but the fact that this man lived – is not a myth and not a legend. Approximately the 5th ,4th  century BC in Jerusalem lived the prophet Daniel, who was descended from a noble family of the king Solomon. But in 660 BC Jerusalem was captured by Nebuchadnezzar and the prophet Daniel was taken captive.

Then followed a vague description of the prophet’s life, but after his death, it is known that he was buried as a Saint man. Accoring to one of those legends how a part of the remains of Daniel appeared in Samarkand, the Great Amir Temur decided to carry a part of the remains of St. Daniel in Samarkand. But the horse which was carrying the remains, stood rooted to the spot on Northern edge of the settlement of Afrasiab and no matter how it dragged, or beaten, it did not want to move. Then Amir Temur decided that it was a sign and ordered to build the grave of Daniyar in this place. From that horse’s hitting the hooves , hammered a spring which to this day has healing properties.

Могила Святого Данияра
Могила Святого Данияра
Могила Святого Данияра
Могила Святого Данияра

There are many disagreements about what exactly is in the grave: some argues that Temur brought Saint’s hand, others assert that in the grave there is no part of the body of Saint prophet, but only earth from Saint’s tomb. Another contradiction is related to the size of the grave. Especially devout and religious people claim that the relics of the Saint increase in size every year and therefore the grave has already reached eighteen meters. Others believe that the tomb deliberately made so large and cumbersome that nobody could steal the relics of the Saint.

But despite various contradictions and disputes, the tomb of the Saint, is situated in comparative distance from Samarkand, that still attracts a huge number of pilgrims, tourists, believers of many nations and many religions. If You  have a chance to visit to Samarkand, visit to mausoleum of Daniyar. It is not necessary to be a believer to enjoy peace and reconciliation that gives this sacred place.

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