The Behram Yasht

by : Ervad Marzban Hathiram

The Yazata Behram, known in the Avesta as ‘Verethraghna’ (lit. ‘smiting the enemy’), occupies a pivotal role in the minds of most Zarathushtrians. His popularity stems from his appellation as the vanquisher of all foes – ‘dushman-zadaar’ and one who gives victory – ‘firozgar’ to all those who ask for his help. In fact, our safe arrival in India from Iran can be ascribed to the Yazata Behram. The Kisseh-i-Sanjan, (lit. ‘The Chronicle of Sanjan’), is the oldest account we have of the coming of the Parsis to India. Written by Bahman Kaikobad of Navsari in 1600 AD in Persian verse, the Kisseh recounts that when the Parsis were on their way to Sanjan by boat, a violent storm arose in the sea. The Pilgrim Fathers prayed to Behram Yazata to save them from the storm, promising to consecrate a great fire temple in his name. The storm subsided, and the indebted Parsis consecrated the first Atash Behram in India – the Iranshah as a token of their gratitude.

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Courtesy : K.F.Keravala

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