Bukha-Shuluun stone (Bull-stone) can rightly be called one of the main shrines of the Barguzin valley. The spirit of the stone is the master of the entire valley. The locals venerate and worship him as their defender. The bull is one of the totem animals of the Buryat people; it is symbol of the strength and power of nature.
The stone is a place of worshiping and different rituals of local shamans; also the stone is associated with many legends. According to local custom, first of all it is necessary to say your name and tell about yourself, your family, and only after that you can tell the spirit about your problems and ask for something. It is a custom to give some milk, tea or vodka or some pieces of meat to Bukha-Shuluun, as the “Owner” of this place.
Barguzin valley is incredibly beautiful and it has surprisingly strong energy, that`s why it attracts tourists from all over the world! The place is covered with ancient legends and tales. The owner of the valley is the spirit of the stone Bukha-Shuluun, which protects the valley and its inhabitants.
There are many legends about this amazing stone, as well as about other sacred places of the valley. According to ancient legend, every winter Buryats drove cattle to Chita lands, but one bull, loving the valley, did not want to leave it. Three times he was forcibly taken away, but every time he returned to his dear land, until he turned into a stone, remaining in this valley forever.
There is also another legend. According to it, two oxen began to fight each other for the place of the ruler of the valley. The battle was long, but in the end no one was able to win. Then they split up and one bull went into the Tunka valley, where he became a white rock Bukha-Noyon, and the second went into The Barguzin valley and became Bukha-Shuluun. They both became famous and people worship them. There is one Buryat truth which says that you should not fight and compete with your equals, because everyone can be famous and revered on one`s homeland.