To visit Kihilyakh, sacred stones in Verkhoyansk district in North-East Yakutia, was my long dream. I’ve never been to that area. And, finally, I made it.
Two weeks ago, I received a call. There was Yakutia’s Vice President Dmintry Glushko on the phone. Amazing. He asked, whether I wanted to go to Kihilyakh. «My god! Definitely,» I said. He continued, «There will be the ceremony of lighting of the Fire of the 5th Children of Asia International Sports Games.»
What is Kihilyakh?
Stones on hills in Verkhoyansky district of Yakutia. They look gorgeous and they are considered to be sacred and worshipped highly by Sakha people. This place is more like Mecca. It is believed, when you touch stones, you recharge yourself and get the power of nature.
Legend about Kihilyakh (Stone People)
Elders say that there were People of Sunlight living on Earth in the ancient time. Their thoughts were as clean as spring water, and their deeds like milk brought abundance and prosperity into the Middle World. The world was kept in peace and order, and no wars and fights happened, as People of Sunlight owned the Sacred Fire, that had ability to endow strength and courage, wisdom and longevity. Evil Spirits of the Lower World learned about the fire. They got a strong desire to bring maladies and wars to the people and they decided to steal the magic fire.
To protect the land, People of Sunlight clashed in a battle with Evil Spirits of the Lower World at the top of the mountain at the coldest place on Earth, where nothing lived nor grew. Skies filled with lightnings, grounds trembled under warriors’ feet, and Evil Spirits were defeated for ever and ever. To guard the Sacred Fire, People of Sunlight stayed on the mountain and turned into stones to become eternal sentinels. Even now the fire might be seen in the sky as bright flames of the Northern Lights.
What is The Children of Asia International Sports Games?
Children of Asia is the biggest sports event held by Republic of Sakha-Yakutia once in four years. This summer we’ll have it for the 5th time.
The 5th Children of Asia International Sports Games is supported by Olympic Council of Asia, Russian Olympic Committee, and Nike (as a sponsor), etc. Everything about the Games might be learned on its official website www.gamesasia.ru.
What was the event held on Kihilyakh on March 28th, 2012?
The official fire of the 5th Children of Asia was lit and the torch relay started.
During 100 days, Children of Asia Torch Relay will cover 32256 km and go through 197 settlements across Yakutia.
The first, who took the torch fire, was bronze Olympic winner, boxer Georgy Balakshin. The second was Pavel Pinigin, free-wrestler, Olympic winner.
The event was visited by high guests, namely by Olympic Council of Asia member Gofur-Arslonbek Rakhimov, National Olympic Committee of Russia Secretary General Marat Bariev, representative of sponsoring companies, Nike and Megafon.
In below photographs you can see our fly in AN 24 over the Lena River, Verkhoyansk mountains, the Yana River, welcome ceremony in Batagai Airport, Kihilyakh, torch relay start celebration in the village of Elges, and Batagai Airport.
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