Mausoleum of Khadja Daniyar

Mausoleum of Khadja Daniyar is situated on the northern slope of Afrasiab hill near the old Samarkand wall. Nearby, above the Siab river, there is an underground curative source, coming out of the rock. According to legends, Khadja Daniyar was a companion of Kusam-ibn-Abbas who was considered a relative of the Prophet and one of the first Islamic preachers. The other legends associate Khadja Daniyar with Koranic and Biblical prophet Daniyar (Daniel). So, the Mazar is worshipped as a holy place in the three world religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Since the Prophet Daniyar was buried in the Middle East, it is assumed that the remains of the holy person were brought here by Amir Temur. A peculiar feature of Khadja Daniyar cult is that the saint continues to grow in his tomb. Owing to this the tomb was periodically extended. The dome mausoleum above the long gravestone was built at the beginning of the 20th century.


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