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Mausoleum of Piryarvali

Mausoleum of PiryarvaliImmediately to the west of the Mausoleum of Nedjmeddin Kubra stands the heavily restored Mausoleum of Piryarvali, a brick-built domed structure with the large portal typical of the Konye-Urgench mausolea. The building is often kept locked but, if you are able to get inside, you will be confronted with four adjacent cenotaphs, one of which is said to mark the grave of Piryarvali, a disciple of Nedjmeddin Kubra and the father of a well-known Khorezm poet and wrestler named Pakhlavan-Ata. The others are by local tradition ascribed to three sheikhs; Attar Vali, Duyar Vali and Daniyar Vali. A grave along the northern wall of the mausoleum is said to be that of Piryarvali's brother, Pir Attar Vali, the patron of confectioners. A series of burial vaults were found close to the Piryarvali Mausoleum during its reconstruction in 1989.

Around the main mausolea are various other graves, many linked popularly to the names of disciples of Nedjmeddin Kubra or to local rulers. This graveyard, locally known as the '360', a reference to the membership of the Kubravid school of Sufism, is the nucleus of the more modern cemetery which surrounds the site. Several of the older graves arc associated with rites of shrine pilgrimage. For example, next to the two conical graves just to the north of the path running to the Nedjmeddin Kubra Mausoleum stands a tree, bent by the wind in the direction of the tombs. The tree is said to have special powers in the treatment of children's ailments: you may see parents splashing into the faces of their children water from the little pool at its base.


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