Georgian Orthodox Church marks Anchiskhatoba today
Image of Christ not made by hand is the greatest sacred thing for Christianity.
Creation of the icon is directly related to Jesus Christ. When Christ lived among people Abgar ,king of Edessa (Ides) got sick. Abgarus sent a letter to Christ that if Christ manages to heal him, they would save the refugee Christians from the Hebrews in Edessa.
Jesus Christ wrote him back that could not arrive because He had his mission to do. Then the King sent to Christ the artist to paint His image. The painter couldn't write Saviour's image. Christ took cloth from painter and put it his on His face. Image of Christ appeared on the cloth miraculously. The cloth with Crist Image was taken to Edessa. Abgar healed of his six years illness when he touched the cloth.
They say that St Nino arrived in Ides to venerate the Jesus Christ original icon.
Edessa was attacked by Arabs in the VII century. Greeks brought Original Icon to Constantinople at St Sofia Church to save the Icon.
The Icon was put at Anchiskhati episcopacy in Klarjeti ( former Gerogia's territory) when the icons were persecuted in the VIII-IX centuries. All the Georgian Nation was going to Klarjeti to venerate the Jesus Christ original icon.
King Tamar ordered famous goldsmith Beka Opizari to make setting for original icon in 1194.
Hard period came in Klarjeti after King Tamar's death. Icon was taken to Akhaltsikhe and then to Tbilisi and brought to temple to save the Icon from enemies. After that the temple of 7th century dedicated to the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary was named Anchiskhati Temple.
Icon was taken to National Museum of Georgia during the communist regime. Museum keeps Anchiskhati Icon there till this time.