Is this true?


When the Portuguese established their rule in Bassein (now known as Vasai), they asked the Parsi population along with the other local population to get themselves converted into Christianity by force. The Parsis, in their wisdom, asked for some time and they made arrangements and secretly fled to the hills near Kalyan, outside Portuguese jurisdiction. Even today these hills are known as “Parsik Hills”. The Parsis remained away from Thana for nearly two centuries and only returned to Bassein after the British established their rule. This case is the second most important event in Parsi history after their migration from Iran to India, which was only for the sake of preservation of the religion. Unfortunately, it is not much highlighted and therefore very few Paris are aware of it.

Anyone aware of this part of our history?

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4 thoughts on “Is this true?”

  1. JUST REF: PARSIK HILLS, MUMBRA A C.RLY BIFURCATION OF BOMBAY -POONA LINE. PARSIK TUNNEL-LONGEST ON BOMBAY-POONA LINE. PARSIK IN SECOND STANZA OF NATIONAL ANTHEM ,WAS IN BENGALI. that’s all i know.

  2. Hi Yazdi,

    We have a Gujarati doctor in our building who has acres and acres of land in Alibaug.

    When we moved in to our building he narrated a similar story. i remember him saying that this is why there were a lot of Parsis in Alibaug but most of them came back to Bombay when the islands were back under British rule.

    Have a great day! dara

  3. Imagine ! for two centuries to remain away from home & civilization, for the cause of their Religion — to avoid conversion !!!
    Do Parsees of today have such great respect/ferver/faith in their own Religion. Do not put our forefathers to shame; please, do not go against our tradition & timetested Doctrines.

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