Monthly Archives: March 2014

Dhun Bagli of Delhi Parsi Dharamshala

I enquire about Dhun Daraius Bugli, a name that I have heard of when foodie friends talk about who makes the most authentic Parsi food in Delhi. She laughs, says, “I am Dhun Bugli.” Well, before I know it, I book myself for a meal next day from her kitchen at the dharamshala.

At 9 p.m. next evening, I find myself eagerly waiting for the fare to arrive at a table in the dinning hall of the dharamshala. It has a pretty, lacy cloth over it. A sideboard with bone china serve-ware comes to my notice. There is a fireplace too with black and white photographs of people I don’t know. On the walls are photos of tigers, clicked by Dhun Bugli’s son Cawas Bugli. A display box has books on Zoroastrianism, their gathas, etc. for sale. Their pale covers certainly say that they have been waiting for long to go off the shelf.

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Appeal for donation towards Renovation and construction of new rooms at Sohrab Baug Dharamshala, Navsari

Appeal for donation towards Renovation and construction of new rooms at Sohrab Baug Dharamshala, Navsari
          (PTA), The Bombay Samachar – Sun, Narch 09, 2014.

We appeal for donation for renovation and construction of four additional rooms at our Sohrab Baug Dharamshala, Navsari.

Sohrab Baug Dharamshala and Community hall were established in 1868 (Eighteen Sixty Eight) and is situated in Tarota Bazar, Bamji Street, Navsari, 100 meters from Pak Aatash Behram. It has 10 rooms, out of which 7 rooms are with attached toilet-bathroom. On the ground floor there is a Community hall, which is being used for Jashans, Navjote and Marriage ceremonies.

Parsis from out station come to Navsari for visit to Pak Aatash Behram, for Navjote or Marriage ceremony and for personal visit stay here in Zoroastrian Environment. We also provide facilities for Bath-Toilets who do not stay overnight but only come to visit Aatash Behram.

Moreover we have decided to provide an Elevator so that aged / elderly persons can also take advantage of Dharamshala.

As the building requires repairing, renovation, painting etc, we have retained heritage Architect Mr. Jamsheed Bhiwandiwala of Mumbai for planning of renovation and supervision and he has given estimate of Rs. 40,00,000/- (Rupees Forty Lacs only) for the said work, including construction of four additional rooms.

We are unable to undertake this renovation and construction work from our own funds. Hence we request your goodselves to give us donation towards this expenditure.

The renovation and new construction work is already started. We took the liberty to be inspired by bathroom renovations Toronto company “Tileon” the work is underway and we are most excited.

Cheque / D.D. may be issued in the name of “Sohrab Baug Trust” and may be sent at the following address.

Dara K. Deboo, (Managing Trustee)

Sohrab Baug Trust,

Agiary Street, Malesar

NAVSARI 396445.

Yours faithfully,

For Sohrab Baug Trust


(Dara K. Deboo)

Managing Trustee

Yatha Ahu Vairyo in the Avesta and Pahlavi Traditions

by Dr. Pallan Ichaporia
(Avesta: Ahuna Vairya, Pahlavi: Ahunawar)

 Yatha Ahu Vairyo, Ashem Vohu (also called Asha Vahishta), Yenghe Hatam and A Airyaman Ishiyo are the four mighty prayers in Zoroastrianism. However the great potency of Yatha Ahu Vairyo is derived from its character as a primordial utterance of Ahura Mazda (Yasna 19.3, 4.8), who created it after the spiritual beings, but before all the material things and so it has the profound power to aid the living souls and distress the demons.

The language of Ashem Vohu and Yahta Ahu Vairyo is purely Avestan. The linguistic analysis and the structures of these two prayers show that they are composed by Zarathushtra. “Ahuna Vairya most sacred Gathic prayer was chanted for the first time in the material world by Zarathushtra himself (Yasna 9.14), and serves as the most powerful basic prayer for the Zoroastrians”. (Humbach-Ichaporia, forthcoming ‘Concordance of the Gathas’).  Read more