Legend for the ‘Dambala’ neighborhood
The name of the massif comes from Turkish ‘damla – drop’. The cold water of Dambala springs and rolls down from the rock. The beautiful fountain as though gives an additional beauty to this sacred place. Everybody believes that the eve of May the 6-th (St. George’s day; Hadarlez) the sky opens, the oak forest mysteriously begins to rustle and the clear water comes to life, turns to be healing. Since midnight until day dawn the wonder-working water of Dambala is the last hope and expected miracle for thousands of people came from different parts of Bulgaria and neighboring countries. Parents dip their children into the small pool near the two-storey fountain. In Dambala neighborhood lots of people fill their bottles directly from the rock. Upon leaving, they tide part of their clothing on the trees – so that the illness stays there. For flushing of water and the reason for its healing properties among the Aleviti population in the region is told the following legend: The healing water is a creation of the Aleviti saints Karklar /The fourties/. These are spiritual leaders having divine powers that came to these lands from Khorasan province and did only good. They gathered on the plateau over the rocky massif while each of them brought divine food /dates, grapes, citrus fruits, figs etc./ They sat down to the rocky table, they had their meal but there was no water to slake their thirst. Then Yaran baba showed his heavenly abilities, hit the rock with his fist and water flushed and started running to the valley of the near village of Letovnik /Yazla/. Yaran baba sobered up – the village would be drowned – and he plugged up the spring. ‘If it does not flow, let it at least leak…’ – he said. So until today the water trickles down the sheer cliffs. Created by saints, the water has refreshing, regenerating and healthy power.