Monthly Archives: June 2012

Tbilisi Ateshgah Restored

The Tbilisi Ateshgah (آتشګاه, aka Atashgah or Fire Temple) was under restoration when I visited it in 2007. That work is now complete and, mercifully, the restorers

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have been gentle. The old brickwork has been cleaned, and in a few places discreetly repaired, but has largely been left “as is”, without any gross tampering. A perspex roof has been added to protect the site from the elements.

Authentic Zoroastrian fire temples are extremely rare, especially outside Iran (the Atashgah at Baku is an 18th century Parsi construction). According to the sign outside the Tbilisi temple, it is believed that it was built between the 5th and 7th centuries, and later spend a while as a mosque, while retaining its old name as “Ateshgah”. This seems reasonably plausible as Tbilisi was under Persian occupation and influence for a while. Zoroastrianism (like Christianity) was loosely tolerated under Islam, so the Ateshgah might easily have survived in active use for several centuries after the 7th c. Arab invasion.

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Zoroastrian Prayers for Healing


1.Backache Tir Yasht, Moti Haptan Yasht

2.Chest Pain Ava Nyayish, AvaYasht, Ardibahesht Yasht

3.Child birth Ava Nyayish, Ava Yasht

4.Ear Ache Regular Kushti, Ardibahesht Yasht

5.Eye ache Khorshed & Mehr Nyayish Korshed Yasht

6.Eye trouble Tir Yasht

7.Fever Ardibahest Yash Behram Yasht. Vanant Yasht

8.Head ache Atash Nyayish, Ardibahesht Yasht, Nani Hom Yasht

9.Behram Yasht > Health (all over) Ardibahesht Yasht, Hom Yasht

10. Heart problems Govad Yasht, Hom Yasht

11.Incurable diseases Hormazd Yasht

12. Lactation Ardibahesht Yasht, Avan Nyayish, Ava Yasht

13. Leg Ardibahesht Yasht, Hom Yasht, Haptan Yasht

14.Menstrual Problems Tir Yasht (when not in periods)

15.Mouth problems Ava Nyayish, Ava Yasht

16.Neck Pain Hoshbam, Ram Yasht

17.Nose Mah Bokhtar Nyayish, Ardibahesht Yasht

18.Pregnancy Problems Ardibahesht Yasht, Farvardin Yasht, Ashtad Yasht

19.Reproductive organs Hom Yasht

20.Sickness Ardibahest Yasht

21.Stomach Ache Regular Kushti, Ardibahest Yasht, Atash Nyayis

22.Urinary trouble Ava Nyayish, Ava Yasht

23.Wound healing Hom Yasht


24. Black magic (to ward off) Hom Yasht & Vanant Yasht

25.Consciousness developing Hoshbam

26. Employment Khordad Yasht

27.Intelligence Khorshed & Meher Nyayish

28.Marriage Partner Ram Yasht, A airyema ishyo prayer

29.Marital peace Ram Yasht

30.Mental peace Mah Bokhtar Nyayish

31. Progeny Atash Nyayish, Hom Yasht

32.Spiritual development Sarosh Yasht Hadokht, Din Yasht, Vahishtoisht

33. Gatha (in Sarosh Khshnuman)

34.Success/Victory Behram Yasht

(Prepared by Ervad Dr. Ramiyar P. Karanjia – Zoroastrian Heritage &  Religious Knowledge Centre)