The Meherjirana Library in Gujarat

The Meherjirana Library in Gujarat is one of the most important centres in the world for the study of Zoroastrianism and Parsi history. Dinyar Patel takes a peek into its illustrious past and what it stands for today.

I never saw such a fine collection in a small town,” declared the French orientalist James Darmesteter after surveying the First Dastoor Meherjirana Library in Navsari, Gujarat, in 1887. Nearly 140 years after it first opened its doors, the Meherjirana Library remains one of the most important centres in the world for the study of Zoroastrianism and Parsi history. And it continues to draw visitors from far and wide. Earlier this month, from January 12-15, the library hosted about a hundred people — including scholars from the US, Great Britain, Germany, and Japan — for a special conference to celebrate some very important changes here.

Click here to continue reading the article “A Small-Town Wonder” feetured in ‘The Hindu’ news paper.

Courtesy : K F Keravala

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  • Dear Yezdi,I have very good old books on gathas and prayes etc. can i donate it to the library in Navsary? or somewhere where it would be put to most use and be informative to the community. Do i need to take permission from someone?Regards Pervin

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