Karchi stone (Karach.-balk. Karcha-Tash) or Castle stone (karach.-balk. Kadau-Tash) - a stone located at the confluence of the Khudes tributary in the Kuban, is revered by the Karachais. The name is associated with the legendary leader of Karachais Karchoy. In the publications of the XIX and XX centuries, it was suggested that this is a meteorite, this theory is still popular with tour guides and guidebooks. Modern research has established the magmatic origin of the stone. The Karachayev poet Nazir Khubiev wrote the ballad “Karchi Stone”.
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Karchi stone is a sacred stone of the Karachay-Circassian people. The stone is located in the Khuda gorge at the confluence of the two rivers Kuban and Khudes.
The sacred stone was named after the national hero of Karachai Karchi, whose role in the history of this people is difficult to overestimate. According to legend, it was on this stone that the legendary leader of the Karachais Karch sat, thinking over all the plans for his future great achievements. It was from this stone-amulet that he turned to the local population, here he affirmed the foundations of what can be called Karachai statehood.
The Khudes River, flowing in the gorge of the same name, was also not accidentally called the Black River. Her water is black, and white breakers adorn her. Thin water itself resembles a shiny black stone, only a vibrant and vibrant stone. All this together: the black water of Hudès, the black memorial stele, the black stone of Karchi and the snow-white peaks of the mountains leave a lasting impression.
The sacred stone of Karchi was revered by the local people: the travelers passing by considered it a duty to stop and bow to this stone, and those traveling on a long road always took with them a small fragment of stone, which granted good luck. The history of Karchi stone is magnificent. She became an inspiration to many storytellers and poets. For example, the Karachai poet Nazir Khubiev created a ballad called “Karchi Stone”.
In publications dated the 19th and 20th centuries, it was suggested that the Karchi Stone is a meteorite. This theory has still remained popular with guidebooks and tour guides.
Karchi stone is located not far from the road, so even today anyone can approach it, touch the ancient history and bow to the national shrine.