The word “Tekturmas” in Kazakh evokes the imagery of a “mountain that stands for a reason.”
This holds true for the Tekturmas Mausoleum, believed to be the resting place of Sultan Mahmud Khan. This enigmatic figure is the subject of various legends; some depict him as a revered local saint, while others cast him as the esteemed commander-in-chief of the Karakhanid forces. Regardless of the legends, one fact remains certain – Sultan Mahmud Khan made indelible contributions to the spread of Islam in the region.
The name Tekturmas also carries the significance of sacredness, as studies reveal that a significant meridian intersects this hallowed hill, further elevating its mystique and importance.