The Plakun Waterfall

 

Just a short distance away from the inn is a natural phenomenon of amazing beauty the Plakun (the Weeper) waterfall. It was named so because it drops seven metres in two narrow streams that break into tiny splashes before they reach the ground. The splashes look like tears, which creates the impression that the river bank is weeping. The fall looks especially picturesque in the summer, but it remains an impressive sight in the winter when it is covered with a thick ice shield sparkling in the sun but never freezing up completely. In 1991 the Plakun was declared a hydrological natural wonder. The legend of the origin of the Plakun tells of a poor girl who was forced to part with the man she loved and was imprisoned inside the mountain. She turned down an old barin (landlord) who was courting her and will only be freed after she agrees to marry him. But so deep is her love and so black is her misery that she is crying bitterly, and the flood of her tears has created a waterfall on the surface of the earth.

       

 

Close by down the Sylva River is a place where a miracle working icon - the Burning Bush image of the God's Mother - was miraculously found. It is now kept in a church in the town of Suksun. Every summer, on the 10th of July, pilgrims take part in the procession of the cross, carrying the icon to Takhtaryovo Village where it appeared by the Plakun waterfall which is considered to be a sacred spring. After the public prayer ceremony, those who participate in the procession bathe in the water of the Plakun. If you fill a vessel with the water from the fall and bring it home, you will see that the water will remain clear and tasty for a long time, at the same time keeping its healing properties.

Bathing in the sacred spring is a tradition that attracts pilgrims and tourists in any season and any weather. If you step under the dropping cold streams and are strong enough to repeat this procedure three times, you will remain healthy for the whole year.

 

 

 

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