by Pervin J. Mistry
The worship of Meher Yazad is pre-Zarathushtrian. During the glorious Peshdad dynasty, Faredoon Padshah, a ‘peshrav’, i.e. a forerunner of Asho Zarathushtra, performed a Yasna dedicated to Meher Yazad to get divine help in defeating the evil ‘Azidehak’ (Zohak). The day on which Faredoon Padshah performed this Divine Yasna was Meher mah, Meher roj and this celebrated day when Zohak or ‘Azi’ (snake/venomous) ‘dehak’ (epitome of 10 evils) was defeated and chained on Mount Damavand is commemorated as Mehergan.
On this day, the Parsis, wherever they live, perform the Mehergan Jashan and pray for Meher Yazad’s help to eradicate evil or ‘druj’ (Zohak), in all its manifold forms, physical as well as spiritual, and to bring the Divine Light of Meher Yazad into their home, heart and in all creations so that the army of Angre-mainyu in all its varied characteristics is destroyed and Frashogard is attained as ordained!
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