Dr. Dinshaw J Patel

The National Academy of Sciences today announced the election of 72 new members and 18 foreign associates from 15 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. One of the new members is Dr. Dinshaw J Patel, 67, US Citizen of Indian Origin, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Chair in Experimental Physics, and member, structural biology program, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York City.

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Kerman, Only Zoroastrian Museum

Naming 28 Ordibehesht (18 May) as World Museum and Cultural Heritage Day gives us the opportunity to have a brief review of the history of the only Zoroastrian anthropological museum in Kerman, which, because of concise planning and very good cooperation of some active youth of Kerman who have established the “Nowrooz Centre”, can be considered as one of the best places where the beauty of the customs, traditions and culture of ancient Iran is displayed.

ZNA: See more photos at: http://oshihan.org/Pages/Tools2.htm#Zoroastrian Anthropological Museum – Kerman

How to make Zoroastrian Incense (Bakhoor).

There is an ancient tradition in many cultures (including Zoroastrian) to fumigate ones home with incense two times a day (i.e. during sunrise and after sunset) by putting incense on fire ambers taken from a continuous hearth. In our Zoroastrian tradition we fumigated our homes with Lobaan(Frankincense) only. But Ustad Saheb Behramshah N Shroff has given a specific instruction to never use Lobaan alone, but if lobaan is to be used it should be
mixed with sawdust (Veher) of Sukhad (sandalwood)(1).

Some might have read about different types of aromatic plants used in our Zoroastrian ceremonies. Given below is Ustad Saheb Behramshah N Shroff’s formulation on how to make Zoroastrian Incense(Bakhoor). Ingredients of Bakhoor are made up of aromatic plants and aromatic spices.

 Ingredients given below:

    Gujarati name                           English Name
1) Sukhad Veher                          Sawdust of Sandalwood.
2) Agar                                         Agarwood (aloes wood)
3) Tagar                                       Tagar (root of Valerian plant)
4) Lobaan                                     Frankincense (gum of Boswellia sacra plant)
5) Taj                                           Cinnamon
6) Lavung                                    Clove
7) Elchi                                        Cardamom
8) Jaiphal                                     Nutmeg
9) Javintri                                    Mace

These above ingredients should be properly dried in the sun and ground minutely and mixed together. Unfortunately the ratios of each of the ingredients is not mentioned in the formulation (2).


(1) Article written in Gujarati by Jehangir S Chiniwalla in “Parsi Avaz” dated 04/12/1960, page2.
(2) “First Four Day Zoroastrian Death Ceremonies” a book in Gujarati By Ustad Saheb Behramshah N Shroff, Page 77,  (printed 1916).

Courtesy : K.F.Keravala

Late Dasturji Dr.Hormuzdiar K Mirza on “Ustad Saheb B N Shroff & His Disciples”


Given in the attachment is Late Dasturji Dr.Hormuzdiar K Mirza’s opinion of “Ustad Saheb Behramshah N Shroff and His Disciples”.

The article (“The Zoroastrian Religious Studies”) has appeared in “Ardeshir B Homavazir Memorial Volume”, from page 71 to 76 , printed in 1971.

This will help students who want to study about the occult side of our religion.

Click the link to read the article ….. Behramsha N Shroff-Dr.H D K Mirza

Courtesy : K F Keravala

Weekend getaway for Zarathushti singles

Dear Friends,
I am posting this on behalf of Rukshan and Jehaangir Bulsara of White Lake, Ontario. Do visit the website to see the photos of the cottage and the activities. This is a wonderful offer and a great way to meet people
Dolly Dastoor,
Montreal, Quebec
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Dadar Athornan Madressa

New Admissions will be taken at Athornan Boarding Madressa, Dadar from June 2009. All students are provided with complete training for priesthood and academic education (including computer) upto S.S.C. at the D.P.Y.A. High School. Basic knowledge about Zoroastrian religion, Iranian history and Bhantar meaning is also taught…. for more details visit their website – Click here

Freddy Birdy

In his first art show, adman Freddy Birdy prefers the mild mortifications of everyday wit.

THE FIRST THING you see when you enter Freddy Birdy’s first show of paintings is an enormous white canvas with a glossy haired brunette suspended sexily upside down, as if she’s being poured out of the giant Heinz ketchup bottle in the top right corner. Her scarlet lingerie echoes the McDonald’s red of the cartons in the other corner, from which bunches of fries sprout like slightly surreal flowers. The label reads, “Your proximity to a McDonald’s is far greater than your proximity to love.” In another painting, Superman rises in his famous underwear-worn-over-tights, against a background of Rupa briefs in Indian comic book colours.

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Click here to see his works in the exhibition

J J Charity Fund Appeal

Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy Agiary is a 166 year old institution located in the heart of Pune Camp area. The large Baug surrounding the Agiary is regularly utilized by Zoroastrians for hosting various functions.

Our Agiary with its surrounding areas and buildings are in urgent need of extensive repairs and renovation. Repair work on the main Agiary building has already begun.

The Trustees earnestly appeal to all fellow Zoroastrial;s, in India and overseas, to help us in this worthy cause by – donating generously for this purpose:

Your contributions should be made in favour of Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy First Baronet’s Poona Fire Temple Fund and forwarded to:

The Chief Executive

Sir J. J. Charity Fund,

Kalpataru Heritage,

127, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai 400 001