March 5, 2021
Good afternoon, my dear readers, how are you? Today I would like to continue sharing with you some stunning places in Russia. I am going to tell you about some the most interesting sights of my big country. Some rock formations in the form of pillars of natural origin, as well as man-made structures built in honor of the gods. If you are interested, please sit back, prepare a cup of aromatic coffee or hot tea and let’s start.
Today I would like to introduce to you an amazing sight of the Komi Republic and these are the pillars of weathering.
Like huge giants, they majestically stand far from the whole world. Only experienced travelers or tourists with a guide can combine walking, water or car routes to get to this place. There are many legends about how these stone sculptures originated and they are all similar in one thing – the presence of giants.
So, according to one of the legends, the giants decided to destroy the peaceful settlement of people, but having approached their homes, they did not have time to do this, since people asked for help from an ancient deity. The giants scattered across the plateau, but did not have time to leave it because they turned into stone statues. Or, for example, another legend, more romantic – once a tribe lived near the plateau and the leader’s daughter was unearthly beauty, there were legends about her beauty, and one day the giant decided to take her as his wife. But the beauty refused him, to which the giant flew into a rage and promised to destroy not only the settlement, but also its inhabitants, and marry the beauty by force.
The giant kept his promise – he destroyed the village, but when he was about to take the beauty with him, a wizard suddenly appeared and turned the giants into stone statues. One way or another, the mountain was considered sacred by the local tribe and only experienced shamans could climb there to recharge with strength and energy. Nowadays, the weathering pillars can be visited by everyone who is not afraid of the difficulties of overcoming the way. In fact, these pillars are shrouded in many beautiful legends, but these are only legends, these stone sculptures are the result of the work of the most ingenious architect on the planet – nature. For several thousand years, there were rocks on this place, but time and wind made this place so popular, unusual and mysterious.
Lena Pillars is a geological natural formation stretching for 40 km along the Lena River. These rock formations were formed for more than 400 thousand years and today they represent a petrified forest, in which many species of rare animals, birds and plants have found their home, this is a national park included in the list of wonders of Russia.
It is especially beautiful here at dusk and dawn, when the pillars are reflected in the mirror-like surface of the river, giving the impression of long silent guards guarding some kind of secret. What is hidden by the Lena Pillars is still not fully known, but in these places the remains of ancient mammoths, rhinos, dinosaurs and traces of settlements of the first people were discovered.
Scientists believe that this place can be safely called the «cradle of humanity», that it was here that the first human life was born and rock paintings confirm this. In general, we can say that scientists are still arguing, because there are many places in the world where the remains of the first people were found and where exactly life was born, you can argue for thousands of years, but something completely different is important – this unique natural masterpiece is simply a must-visit for everyone who wants more learn about the nature of Russia and the life of local settlements. I am sure that this place will impress you and will not leave you indifferent.
And now I would like to tell you about the man-made pillars that are located on Olkhon Island, near Lake Baikal. These 13 pillars symbolize the tree of life, as it is believed that their roots go to the underworld, and their tops are directed to the sky.
Locals attach great importance to this pillar, it is believed that if you tie a ribbon of a certain color on it and ask for something, then the gods will surely hear you and fulfill your request. In ancient times, the inhabitants believed that the gods tied their divine horses to these pillars during their visits to earth. It is true that such pillars can be seen near the yurt or along the road today and they serve precisely for the hitching post, but 13 pillars have an indestructible reputation as the pillars of the gods, tourists come here to undergo various rituals and in the hope that their wishes will come true, the locals are proud , respect and love the local attractions, it is forbidden to destroy, demolish or harm these pillars, people believe that only time, nature and wind can do this.
Due to the huge flow of tourists, the pillars are tied with multi-colored ribbons, which develop beautifully in the wind, carrying away man’s requests to the gods and attracting even more attention. Until now, it is not known for certain who exactly installed the 13 pillars and why there are so many of them, but according to one of the local legends, one can learn that there were 13 gods who came down to earth to teach people justice and share their knowledge with them. In honor of these celestials, people erected these pillars as a reminder of the connection between the worlds.
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My dear readers, thanks for reading to the end, I hope you enjoyed my article today. I would be glad to any of your comments, take care of yourself, good mood, dream more and welcome to Russia. See you soon.