Tales from the Parsi Heartland

Visit Udvada town before NaMo does…..

Where to stay, what to do in Udvada and much more

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iuu logoThere is a lot of buzz about the Iranshah Udvada Utsav and we are trying really hard to make it an awesome weekend.

Registrations begin from 1st August 2015.

Click here to download the registration form

The Early Bird Registration Cost is Rs. 1,000/- till 31st August 2015

The Zoroastrian priestesses of Iran

MEE visits a Zoroastrian fire temple in southern Tehran, and hears from priests about gender equality among followers of the ancient religion


Mobediar Sarbar Talapolevara enters the temple dressed in a long white dress on top of which a white veil is pinned, and sits close to the small but vigorous fire that crackles in the middle of the temple.

Talapolevara’s immaculate threads are transcendentally laundered, flawless white throughout. Her one accessory is the traditional koshti, a long belt which represents the Zoroastrian basic principles of “good thoughts, good words and good actions”.

“My father was a Parsi, that is a Zoroastrian from India,” she says. “I recall him fastening his belt every day before breakfast and telling us about his childhood in India, where Zoroastrians cling to conservative traditions and kids must wear the koshti from the age of eight years old.”

“It was my father who encouraged me the most. At first Indian Parsis opposed the idea of the female priests,” Mobed Talapolevara said. “That’s why I was pleasantly surprised upon my initiation as a priest four years ago to receive messages of support from those same Indian Parsi. They even published articles in Indian newspapers and at the International Congress of Zoroastrians.”

Berhad, a young Zoroastrian disciple, who chants by heart the Avesta, the holy Zoroastrian scriptures, as often as he can, told MEE that “Zoroastrian society maintains a caste system. The Mobeds are the highest caste. After the Arab invasion and the following persecutions, the majority of Mobeds fled to India”.

“They were the most traditional ones, those who apply the Sasanian interpretation of the sacred text, the Avesta. Actually, during the Sasanian time – the last pre-Islamic reign in Iran – the Mobeds took power and mixed religion and politics together, instituting even a kind of Sharia, a law and moral code which gave the precepts and the rules founded on a new reinterpretation of the Zarathustra recitations.”

– See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/in-depth/features/zoroastrian-priestesses-iran-2058029133#sthash.tykuAfhN.dpuf

Translation of Khordeh Avesta in English

Hi Folks,

Wonder if you’d  be interested in an English translation of what we Pray and  what  the  Avesta  is all about.

If so  here  is a copy in PDF  format for your reading pleasure and understanding.

Something  for enhancing the knowledge of our  young ones.

Click here Translation of Khordeh Avesta in English  Learn & Enjoy,

Courtesy : Rusi Sorabji.

A Zarathushti Boy With A Camera

Who am I?
My name is Jall Cowasji. I’m 24 years old, and I’m an aspiring filmmaker. I’m incredibly lucky to have discovered my calling at a very young age. Soon after my 10th birthday, my grandmother passed down an old video camera that she no longer needed. It was a casual gesture that unbeknownst to her, fundamentally changed the course of my life. I remember being so taken by the technology, by the sheer capacity to capture the moving image. It was a remarkable time of discovery, the time I first began to associate with the word “filmmaker”.

Why am I here?
I’ve been offered a place at New York University’s TISCH School of The Arts to pursue the Graduate Filmmaking Program with a Cinematography Emphasis. The film department, arguably the finest of its kind, is notoriously selective, accepting a small mix of students that evolve into some of the most capable filmmakers of our time. It is an opportunity of a lifetime, one that unfortunately comes with a hefty price tag.

What is my end goal?
To become a highly proficient filmmaker/ cinematographer that doesn’t just know the technical stuff but really understands the art of visual storytelling. Good movies may seem effortless but there is so much thought, insight, planning, and coordination that goes into them.

After three rigorous years at NYU, I will have a strong body of work and a really solid network of filmmakers that will aid in launching my professional filmmaking career. From where I stand now, I have an awareness of all these unrefined stories that exist everywhere, stories that can open minds and influence the way we think. If I can do justice to these stories through film, I’ll be content.

Click Here for supporting Jall


Lesson 6 – Kusti Prayers

Lesson – Kushti Prayers

Having reviewed and internalized the first five lessons, it is important that each time that we perform our Kushti, we continue to master the understanding of each of our prayers and we strengthen our resolve to practice their teachings in our day to day life. This lesson will reinforce our understanding and help us towards achieving that goal.

After you master the lesson and internalize its contents, try and teach it to a friend. This will then result in development of a strong foundation of your value system. Dasturji Minocher Homji always stressed to us, that the best way to learn is: “Each one Teach one.”

If I perform the Kushti daily and regularly with full understanding of the meanings of the prayers, and, if I put into practice what it teaches me into my daily life, then, each time that I perform my Kushti:

  1. I will inform my mind.

  2. I will begin to reform myself, and

  3. I will begin to transform the world around me.

I will begin to lead a true spiritual life.

Here is a link to the sixth lesson,


As someone has well said, Prayer is not a “spare wheel” that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a “steering wheel” that directs us to the right path throughout our life.

Enjoy performing your Kushti prayers!

With best wishes for an enlightened community,

Kayomarsh P. Mehta

Copyright © 2015 Zarathushti Learning Center of North America, All rights reserved.

The Significance of the Faravahar / Farohar Figure


The Significance of the Faravahar / Farohar Figure
1) The Faravahar’s face resembles the face of human being and therefore, indicates its connection to mankind.
2) There are two wings in two sides of the picture, which have three main feathers.
These main feathers indicate three symbols of good reflection, good words, and good deed, which are at the same time the motive of flight and advancement.
3) The lower part of the Faravahar consists of three parts, representing bad reflection, bad words, and bad deed which causes misery and misfortune for human beings.
4) There are two loops at the two sides of the Faravahar, which represent Sepanta Minu, and Ankareh Minu.
The former is directed toward the face and the latter is located at the back. This also indicates that we have to proceed toward the good and turn away from bad.
5) There is a circle in the middle of the Faravahar’s trunk.
This symbol indicates that our spirit is immortal, having neither a beginning, nor an end.
6) One hand of the Faravahar, points upwards, showing that we have to struggle to thrive.
7) The other hand holds a ring. Some interpreters consider that as the ring of covenant, representing loyalty and faithfulness which is the basis of Zarathustra’s philosophy.

5 Awesome Parsi Recipes For Next Pateti

Parsi food is a combination of Gujarati and Persian cuisines, wherein meat plays an essential role. The main ingredient in the Parsi food is white sugar or jaggery, besides three basic spices – Parsi garam masala, sambhar masala and dhansak masala. They have a lot to offer, from Dhansak, Chicken Farcha to Sali Boti, so we did some digging and found some traditional Parsi recipes straight from the treasure trove of Mumbai-based Perzen Patel aka Bawi Bride, a Parsi food expert.

Click Here for the delicious dishes and their recipes

13 Parsis Who Made It Big In Bollywood

Parsis are undoubtedly the most chilled-out and fun people around. They are mostly portrayed as Rustom and shown as the most friendly people with little different appearance. Talk to them, spend time and they will make your day better off. Today, Parsis are found everywhere – From steel and textile industry to Bollywood. So, we’ve rounded up 13 popular Parsis in Bollywood.

Click Here for the Parsi / Irani / Half-Parsi-Irani Brigade !

Zoroastrian Bank relocates Dahisar Branch


Zoroastrian Bank inaugurated their newly relocated Dahisar Branch on 26 July 2015. Boman Irani of Rustomjee Builders was the Chief Guest and Shernaz Mehta, Chairperson of the Bank was the Guest of Honor.

Prizes for a painting competition which was held a week ago were also distributed by the visiting dignitaries.

Here are the pictures for the occasion – enjoy !