Monthly Archives: March 2011

Happy Asho Zartosht B-Day

Please watch the following links and enjoy the songs:

1)Zaadrooz Zartosht – HappyBirthday Zarathushtra

2) Ashoo Zartosht

3) Googoosh – Zartosht

4) Pari Zanganeh- Payam Zartosht

5) Zoroastrian English Song – Avesta

Courtesy : ZNA

A Treasure from the Orient

Nasli Heeramaneck migrated to the U.S. from India in 1927 with two main possessions: $75 in cash and a trunkful of objets d’art and Oriental miniatures. The son of a Bombay art dealer and a descendant of a long line of Parsis (a sect that left Persia in about the 8th century and settled in India), Heeramaneck quickly found a ready market in America. From that day forward, his policy became, as his wife Alice puts it, to “buy five, sell four and keep the best for himself.”

Heeramaneck’s eye for quality, however, was so sharp that even his “second bests” were good enough to ensure him a blue-chip roster of clients, including some of the top U.S. museums. In the process, he built up his own private collections—not only from his native subcontinent, but also of pre-Columbian and Persian art. When a choice
selection from Heeramaneck’s Indian collection toured four U.S. museums two years ago, curators eyed them avidly and wondered which lucky museum would acquire the lot.

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Courtesy : Dinyar Patel

The Fire Temple of Baku

The History of an Atashgah rooted in the time of the Sassanid’s

In the Absheron peninsula of Azerbaijan, there are many places where the fire comes up from the underground. The earliest mentions of this phenomenon were noted by Priscus in 5th century, by Al-Istakhri and Mas’udi in the 7th-10th centuries. Zoroastrians lived in the Transcaucasia from the Achaemenian times and worshiped these forever burning flames and built the fire temples. One of these temples is called Atashgah (“Place of Fire”) and survives to our days in the Surakhane village, 15 km far from Baku.

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Dinoo Vatcha Scholarships

Applications are invited from Parsee / Iranian Zoroastrians for Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy Parsee Benevolent Institution – Dinoo Vatcha Loan Scholarships for the Academic rear 2011 – 2012 for higher studies abroad in Engineering / Science (including Medical Science) and any other subjects at the discretion of Trustees. Applicants should be graduates of a recognized Indian University, with a minimum result of 60%. Candidates studying in the Final Year of Degree or Diploma courses and who are awaiting results, are also eligible to apply. They must have secured admission or have applied for admission in reputable foreign Universities for courses commencing June 2011. However, the final award is subject to their securing admission. Application Forms will be issued from the Office of Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy Parsee Benevolent Institution, 209, Dr. D. N. Road, Fort, Mumbai – 400 001 from 1st April 011 to 15th May 2011 and completed forms should reach the Institution not later than 1st May 2011. Contact: Ms. Dilnavaz V. Dalal on Telephone No.-22611881

The Parsees of India

A very detailed and incisive portrayal of the Parsees of India in the National Geographic Magazine of 1905, by William Thomas Fee, US Consul General, Bombay.

” The story of the Parsees and the Tower of Silence  has been written at the US Consulate …………It is not claimed that anything new has been told, though it is hoped that the old may have been stated in a new light. ….I am under great obligation to many Parsees for considerable data and help given to me, but especially to my friend, the late Dossabhai Framjee Karaka, the historian.

Click Here for the full article which includes :

  • Religion of Zoroaster
  • Emigration to India
  • Retention of Individuality for 1200 years
  • Personal Characteristics
  • Customs and Manners
  • Public Spirited Generosity
  • Highly Educated and Progressive People
  • Some Peculiar Customs
  • Marriage Ceremonies
  • The Towers of Silence
Courtesy : Prof. Dr. Ardeshir Damania

Newsletter of the Zoroastrian Association of Quebec. (ZAQ)


On behalf of President Dr Faranak Firoozi , it gives me great pleasure to post the first newsletter of the Zoroastrian Association of Quebec. (ZAQ)

Hope you enjoy reading of our activities  and we will welcome your comments

Hope to see many of you  in Montreal , as ZAQ is hosting  the FEZANA AGM  April 22-24 2011

Best wishes

Dolly Dastoor

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Dr. Turel to set up world-class neurosciences institute in Surat

If all goes well, the diamond city will get a world-class international institute of neurosciences by 2013.

Dr Keki Turel, head of department of neurosurgery at Bombay Hospital in Mumbai, has joined hands with the city-based PP Savani Group to set up India’s first dedicated Rs 1,000 crore institute for neurosciences.

The state-of-the-art institute of neurosciences, likely to come up on 20 acres of land at Abhrama area, will have a trauma centre, a research institute, a rehabilitation centre, a diagnostics centre and an air ambulance facility among other things.

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Avan mah, Avan roz – AVAN nu PARABH

Baname Khuda!
Dear Zarathushti humdins,
Today (26th. March 2010) is a very special day in Nature. It is not only Avan mah, but also Avan roz, thus making it a “Avan nu Parabh” day.
A wonderful day indeed to go and pray in front of the Waters – be they of the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, the Persian Gulf, the Caspain Sea, the Tapi or Narmada river, Virar lake, Bhikha Behram koova, or the well in your neighbourhood agiary.

Avan Ardvisur Banoo, the Yazata who is being Worshipped today, grants the devotee many boons. Not only She brings material and financial rewards, She also helps the devotee in keeping his spiritual life spotless and clean.
Avan Banoo is the Yazad Who looks after the waters of the world.
Hence it is our duty not to defile this wonderful gift from Ahura Mazda.
Zarathushtis will gather in the morning at Charni Road, Mumbai and there will be some Parsis selling dal-ni-pori, sakaar, nariel (coconut), etc which Parsis offer to Avan Banoo. Of course, offering these items in small quantities, is acceptable.
There will be devotees at the Bhikha Behram well at Churchgate too – from morning to evening.

At evening there will be a customary semi-open jashan at the Radio Club at Apollo Bunder, Colaba. Some Zarathushtis say jashans should not be held in open with non-Zoroastrians able to witness it. After the jashan there will be some educative talks, and then cultural/Parsi songs sung by enthusiastic members of our community. Do go and support them.
Fellow Zarathushtis, do go and enjoy the day near the sea.
However, please note that prayers for Avan Banoo however have to be finished before sunset / Ujirehen geh, since it is not correct religiously speaking to offer prayers to Aban Banoo when it becomes dark.
Wishing the best for the day and wishing that Avan Ardvisur Banoo grants your righteous desires and aspirations.
Am enclosing a wonderful song in praise of Avan Ardvisur Banoo.  Avan Ardvisur Banoo devotional song – 128kbps
And do not forget that it is the Salgreh of the Doongaji Agiary at Bharuch today.
Best wishes
Tehemton B. Adenwalla

FEZANA Scholarships

The 2011 FEZANA Academic  Scholarship forms are ready for distribution. The cover pages are in pdf and the forms in word.   They have been revised,  they can be filled directly and sent as an attachment .

The closing date is August 1st 2011. Please publicize  in your newsletters and encourage students in your constituencies  to apply.

Best wishes

Dolly Dastoor Ph.D
Chair, FEZANA  Academic Scholarship Program

Application Scholarship form cover pages


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