Mixed with historical events, ancient legends created a unique halo of mystery, majesty and prayfulness of this place.
According to an ancient legend, pilgrims performed rituals at the Mountain of Salvation in order to overcome illnesses, fight addiction, and ask for mercy and health from the Almighty. In their prayers and hope for a cure, they threw off stones, which symbolized their illnesses, to the heart of the mountain. Prehistoric traditions and tales about Mountain of Salvation Tashtar-Ata, serve as bases for psychotherapeutic legend. This sacred place is located at the cross of civilizations and ancient roads, at the foothills of Tian-Shan Mountains.
A unique power and energy to cure had been assigned to this mountain by people. And those who decided to come off the addiction find it endlessly helpful. Pilgrims and wanderers exhausted by the opium craziness came here to perform drug rejection ritual and to release their hearts from pain, burden and misery.
Approaching the legends and rituals scientifically, psychologists and psychotherapists used these precious, rational grains of ancient wisdom in creating modern psychotherapeutic method "Tashtar-Ata" which positively affects emotional part of the patient and where every step in carefully developed psychotherapeutic algorithm is interacted, and completes one another. This legend is about the beautiful emerald valley with Diamond Rivers, until the dark sorrow came and shattered its sanctuary. The prince of darkness decided to overtake the Beautiful Valley. Its black fiery claws embraced the Godly Valley. The Diamond Rivers became grey from tears, the emerald valleys became charred. The Great Mountains were shuddered by the desperation of the valley.
It is then, when the Great Batir Tashtar-Ata rose from its calmness and raised his powerful hands to the darkened sky asking for the help from the Almighty. It is then when heavy, perfectly rounded boulders - the God’s gifts, fell into his palms. It is then when the Mother Earth sent Batir the magic scourge against the forces of darkness. With the use of the magic scourge Batir battled dark forces, and where he threw perfectly rounded boulders there was a light and the forces of evil and darkness turned into ashes, and became light. For forty days and forty nights, terrible battle against evil took place. It is after forty days, Batir had finally defeated the forces of darkness.
The heavenly sky has thrown its embraces around the valley again. The beautiful Valley became alive and even more beautiful. Exhausted Batir Tashtar-Ata, admiring the revived beauty, lied down in the middle, placing the God’s stones in his chest, stretching his arms and fell asleep by the sleep of millennium. The very place where the mighty giant Batir’s heart was beating a huge pile of stones rose and near the perfectly rounded stones (350 million years of age), the God’s gifts can be found. Pilgrims who were passing this Valley took those stones passing their sorrow onto them, and threw them into the heart of the stone pile.
From stone to stone, from heart to heart, is how the hand-made Sacred Mountain Tashtar-Ata had appeared.