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'Khamenei Sat Here' -- Mountain Shrine Erected 'To Supreme Leader's Bottom'

By Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL

Monument to Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei at a mountain in Kerman

The rock on which Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei sat on in 2005 while taking a rest from trekking a mountain in Kerman has been memorialized with a sign post bearing his image, according to a picture shared by Iranian bloggers (see above).

The spot where Ayatollah Khamenei sat

The rock and its sign have been described by critics as “a pilgrimage site for Khamenei’s bottom.” The sign says Khamenei gracefully perched on the spot and gives the exact date (May 6, 2005).

It is not clear whether the sign was set up immediately after his visit to Kerman or later.

On "Persian Letters" we have reported about similar attempts by Khamenei’s supporters to elevate his religious status and portray him as a saint-like figure.

Last year a video was making a round in which Qom’s Friday Prayer Leader claimed that shortly before being born Khamenei had called the name of the first Imam of the Shi'a.

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