The famous cave-grotto “Kyrkgyz” (“Forty Girls”), the vault of which is decorated with a huge number of colorful ribbons, each of which is someone’s innermost desire. To make a wish, one must dip the ribbon in clay and throw it to the stone vault. If the tape “sticks” to the arch of the mountain, the wish will certainly come true. There are always many pilgrims and tourists here.
The cave owes its name to an amazing legend:
Once upon a time in a fertile river valley there was a friendly village, hardworking tillers and brave hunters here did not know troubles and sorrows. But times of adversity came, the enemy invaded these parts. It was not possible to save the village, many heroes died then. But no one could enslave the spirit of the villagers.
The hunters managed to take the girls of the village along mountain paths to a gorge, outlandish in its beauty, strewn with a scattering of emerald plants. In a small grotto they lived for long days. But now the enemies found out their secret.
The beauties prayed, asking for salvation from the sky, and … their wish was fulfilled – they disappeared into the air like a ghostly smoke. The cruel invaders found nothing. Only the vague outlines of the mountain walls in some way resembled the images of the former mistresses of the grotto, and even the stone bowls stood out on the mountain slabs and the tears of the springs filled them with moisture.
The highlanders also said that they saw how 40 beautiful angels soared into the sky. People remember this to this day, they come to the grotto, which they called “Kyrkgyz”, asking the good righteous women for help and fulfillment of desires.