TESLIM ABDAL, ONE OF THE GREAT POETS IN 17 TH CENTURY, SHRINE IN DENIZLI
Teslim Abdal Shrine is located in cankurtaran hill which is very close to Çukur, about 25 kms to Denizli downtown. Teslim Abdal is one of the great Alevi-Baktashi poets lived in 1th century who participated the Bagdat campaing under the commander of Sultan Murat IV and he made a great effort to capture the city as an official army prayer called “ dede “. As we know from the history, Ottoman army troops called Janissaries were the special Ottoman forces as the backbone of the whole army and their sect was Baktashi. Whenever they were out of Istanbul to capture a city or a land, Janissary troops used to take their prayers called “ army prayer” to keep high the morale of the military so Teslim Abdal was the army prayer of Janissaries in that time. Before capturing the Bagdat castle, Teslim Abdal encoraged the Ottoman army with his poems and anthems so Sultan Murat IV rewarded him after the conquest. According to historians, they are four different Teslim Abdals lived in different time periods because of his great fame. Teslim Abdal,who was buried in Denizli Cankurtaran hill, is the one who took place Sultan Murat IV campaing in 17th century AD. Teslim Abdal was also the same poet who made a great contibution to develop Ottoman military band called “ Mehter “ in 17th century AD and a lot of his poems have been composed in order to encourage the Janissary soldier during the wars. Many famous military musical works belong to him and they are still being played in army barracks. When he died he was buried in his shrine and then it became one of the most visited sights by his followers in a short time. Teslim Abdal shrine is one of the famous stops in Denizli region and it has been visited by millions of visitors since it was built. Not only Alevi-Baktashi sect members pay avisit to his shrine but also all Sunni Muslims enjoy visiting his shrine as well. The shrine has a graveyard outside where a lot of graves & gravestones are situated and the careful visitors can realize Baktashi gravestones with surrender stones having 12 sliced around their necks which is the sign of Baktashi followers.