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Kazakh legend about love of Aisha Bibi

Published: 10 december 2012

In the village Aisha Bibi of Jamby region in 18 kilometers from Taraz town there is a mausoleum of Aisha Bibi.
There are no authentic facts about the construction of the mausoleum. However there is the Kazakh legend about love of Aisha Bibi to her bridegroom.
Beautiful Aisha was the daughter of the famous rich man – Khakim-Ata. He was known as Zengy baba, follower of Akhmed Yassaui. Karakhan fell in love with 16 years old Aisha at first sight. Wonderful Aisha also fell in love with Karakhan. Aisha’s father refused to give in marriage his daughter to Karakhan, who whether was a khan, but not so famous. The sad man went away home, now it is the lands of modern Taraz. Aisha warned her mother Anuar, but did not get blessing from her father, she left home.
“You will ford six rivers, but will not ford the seventh one”, - called father after Aisha. Aisha forded six rivers. She stopped before the seventh river, remembering the spell of her father.
Father's curse had come true. Snake bite, crawled out of the stone, proved fatal. Dead beauty Aisha-Bibi was buried on this place. The guardian of the tomb became her inseparable nurse, friend - Babadja khatun.
Devotion to her mistress knew no bounds. So when Babadja died, she was buried nearby. Karakhan arrived too late. Shocked and heartbroken Karakhan ordered to erect on the grave of his beloved beautiful a mausoleum, thus having inscribed the name of Aisha in eternity.
People tell that Karakhan lived a long life. He had several wives, but their names are unknown. When Karakhan was dying, he ordered to bury him in such a place, from which the mausoleum of Aisha could be seen.
For ten centuries the mausoleum of Karakhan and Aisha Bibi has been the highest building in Taraz.
The mausoleum itself looks very light and elegant. More than eight centuries it has been standing in spite of winds and bad weather, as a witness to the great love.
Today women come to the mausoleum and ask for marital happiness and motherhood. All brides, who visited this place, tell that they felt the uncommon influence of that aura, which is reflected from the carved walls of the mausoleum. As the legend tells, in ancient times sounds and voices in this building re-echoed at a distance of 50 – 100 meters.
It is considered that those who visit the mausoleum of “eternal bride” on wedding day will live together for a long time and will be happy.  

 


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