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Chilahana (Shildehana)

Interesting places in TurkestanPilgrimage tourism in Turkestan

Chilakhana (XII-XIV) is a medieval cult Sufi structure, located next to the mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, is a sacred place and a place of pilgrimage. The building is located below ground level, is a square structure with a round roof, lined with pink brick. The place is used for conducting rituals and reading prayers.

How to get there

Chillakhana is located in the city of Turkestan in the Turkestan region on the territory of the sacred mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi.


Chilakhana in Persian means "the house in which they live for 40 days." The place is used for conducting various kinds of rituals, reading surahs from the Koran, the place is sacred, so you can get here only in the presence of a local caretaker. Once the Prophet Muhammad said, "the person who prays in the name of Allah for 40 days and 40 nights" will become wise after the expiration of the term." This structure can be compared to a Hindu cell in an ashram, where a person can retire and meditate. The word Chillahana consists of the word chill (chill, chillout), which in translation, for example, from English means how to relax, a place for relaxation, rest.

Chillakhana in Turkestan


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