Lalesh Temple

About Lalesh Temple

Lalesh Temple is 11 km north of Shekhan, and is the holiest  site of the Yazidi faith. Yazidis believe that Lalesh is the place where Noah’s Ark disembarked after the great flood, thus according to Yazidis, Lalesh gave birth to the reemergence of civilization. Thousands of Yazidis come to the Lalesh Temple from many countries to drink its holy spring water. Yazidis celebrate their Spring Festival on the first Wednesday of March. Lalesh is open to all people from all religions. Yazidis are a Kurdish religious community that practice Yazidism, which is one of the world’s oldest religions.

History Of Lalesh Temple

Lalish village dates back about 4000 years.In the early 12th century, Adi ibn Mosāfer moved to Lalish. Adi died in 1162 and was buried. During a major battle against the Yazidi in 1414, the tomb of Adi was razed.Beginning on 3 August 2014, Yazidi refugees fled to the village from Sinjar after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant placed Sinjar and its environs under siege, When some 50,000 Yezidis trapped on Sinjar Mountain were freed by way of a land corridor opened by the YPG and PKK,[6] the majority fled through Syria and circled around the north of the Sinjar mountain range to reach Lalish and Shekhan in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq.

Lalesh Temple

is a small mountain valley village situated in the Shekhan District of Duhok Governorate in