Category Archives: Agiaries and Atash Behrams

New book – The History of Holy Fire Iranshah and Udvada Gam

This book, a visual delight is another first of its kind. It has a foreword by Dasturji Khurshed Dastoor, High Priest, Iranshah Atash Behram and a message by Mr. Dinshaw Tamboly, Chairman, The WZO Trust Funds. The pictures of our institutions as also Dasturjis of Udvada are eye catching. It will be released on Roz Adar, Mah Adar 1391 Y.Z.  Thursday 21st April 2022 at Iranshah Atash Behram, Udvada.

This informative book is in two parts – Part I is a reprint of the book The History of Holy Fire Iranshah by Ervad Faramroze Phiroze Mirza. Part II is about Udvada Gam and its Parsi institutions. It also has Gujarati songs on Udvada and Iranshah transliterated into English, reminiscences about Udvada, some tips for Parsi Zoroastrian pilgrims as also for priests/dharamshala managers. A map of Udvada Gam and a bibliography adds to the usefulness of this book.

Those visiting Udvada can collect a complimentary copy from Dasturji Khurshed Dastoor at his residence opp. Iranshah Atash Behram dasturji khurshed@gmail.com. A complimentary copy can also be collected from the offices of WZO Trust Funds at Bombay and Navsari.

Those interested in obtaining complimentary copies until stocks last may contact The WZO Trust Funds

Mumbai Office                       Navsari office:

C-1, Hermes House,              WZO Senior Citizens Centre

3rd floor,                                 Pinjara street,

Mama Parmanand Marg,        Juna Thana

Opera House,                        Navsari Pin 396445

Mumbai 400004                     Tel. 91-2637-246073/

Tel. 91-22-23584452/53                 245402

Email: admin@wzotrust.com    e-mail: sccnavsari@gmail.com

   

by

Marzban Jamshedji Giara

144 pages, richly illustrated, hard bound

Sponsored by The WZO Trust Funds

                                                 

The Nargol Agiary URGENTLY needs a Mobed Saheb

Nargol is a very popular small sea-side town in Gujarat, very close to Sanjan, where the Parsis first settled in mainland India when they arrived from Iran. Nargol is indeed a historic town and had a bustling Parsi population till recent years when many have moved out.
 
Interestingly, there have been some new flats and housing societies constructed lately in Nargol and that has seen a slight rise in the Parsi population, although the Parsis in these flats are more or less weekend and holiday residents.
 
The Nargol residents have a wonderful Agiary, the Poonjiaji Agiary, which houses both an Aderan grade fire and a Dadgah Saheb.
 
 
This Agiary is URGENTLY in need of a mobed saheb to perform its various duties, which have been mentioned in the accompanying illustration. The salary too is handsome and so are the accommodation facilities. Earnings would be the salary, plus the income generated from sukhad-divo, jashans, rituals performed and muktad prayers.
 
Mobeds who are fed up with the hectic life-style of Mumbai or other big cities should take up this challenge and offer their services to this blessed Agiyary. Ahura Mazda and Adar Yazad will bless you and your family if you look after the Atash Sahebs in this agiyary. Additionally, Nargol is a wonderful place to reside with close proximity to Sanjan, Gholvad and Dahanu.
 
The requirement of a mobed Saheb is URGENT, hence please circulate this notice promptly amongst all your Parsi contacts, especially in the mobed circles.
 
The contact numbers and the job description are given in the illustration.
  • Hoshang Havewala – 98200 41374
  • Khushroo Daboo – 98204 52434
  • Rohinton Dadachanji – 89760 00982
 
Sincerely,
TZML Admins
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Our Very Own Episode 10 – Shreeji Paak Iranshah

Faith is the fountainhead from which goodness flows and righteousness in all its glory is manifest. The success of our community has largely been due to the fact that we have kept faith in our religious institutions, particularly Shreeji Paak Iranshah who has, over the centuries touched the lives of all Parsi Irani Zoroastrians.
Mazda Multimedia is delighted to present you the TENTH Episode of Our Very Own Series.
View for yourselves the excellent restoration carried out by Messrs SHAPOORJI PALLONJI & CO. which will not only rejuvenate pride into our faith but also encourage us to repeatedly visit our foremost and holiest Atashbehram to pay obeisance and seek His blessings.
Do watch this episode and get captivated by our sublimely inspiring Shreeji Paak Iranshah
Please share, like and subscribe to our YouTube channel Mazda Multimedia. Director of Photography – Rehan S. Daruwalla Directed by – Aarish S. Daruwalla Produced by – Sarosh K. Daruwalla || Mazda Multimedia.

FULLY RENOVATED IRANSHAH REOPENS TODAY

Today is an auspicious day – Hormaz Roj Amardad Mah, when our Iranshah Atash Behram reopens. The Iranshah Atash Behram building in Udvada, which was constructed nearly 130 years ago in 1894, and the other structures in the complex required extensive restoration and conservation work. Shapoorji Pallonji And Company Pvt. Ltd. undertook the restoration.

The Shapoorji Pallonji team acted as an anchor for the restoration project. A detailed examination was conducted for vulnerabilities on the structures, by a team of experts from various fields. It was discovered that the Atash Behram building and other structures in the complex had undergone many changes over the last century, which were not part of the original architectural intent.

A meticulous restoration plan was then prepared to strengthen the structural stability and restore the architectural intent of the buildings in the Atash Behram complex as originally envisaged.

The Iranshah Atash Behram, which housed the revered Iranshah since October 31, 1894, was constructed originally with the generous contribution of Bai Motlibai Manockjee Wadia, daughter of late Jehangirjee Nasserwanjee Wadia, in memory of her husband, late Manockjee Naorojee Wadia.

May Iranshah’s blessings be upon us!

  • Jehangir Bisney

 

 

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MAY IRANSHAH’S GLORY REIGN FOREVER MORE!

Today, on the auspicious occasion of Pak Iranshah’s Fasli birthday, it’s fascinating to recap the journey of our most Holy of Holy Fires.
Iranshah Atash Behram was first consecrated in 721 A.C. on the sacred soil of Sanjan in India.
Iranshah’s journey from Sanjan to Udvada is a saga of the courage, endurance and determination of our Parsi ancestors who braved hardship and tended the Sacred Fire, notes the ‘Jam-e-Jamshed’. Here’s a brief sketch of Iranshah’s history:
Sanjan – The fire remained here for 668 years
Bahrot Caves – 12 years (1393-1405 A.C.)
Vansda forests – 14 years (1405-1418 A.C.)
Navsari – 313 years (1419-1732 A.C.)
Surat – 3 years (1733-1736 A.C.)
Navsari – 5 years (1736 -1741 A.C.)
Valsad – 1 year (1741-1742 A.C.)
Udvada – 279 years (28-10-1742 till date)
Salgreh Mubarak!
– Jehangir Bisney

The Zoroastrian Association of California Celebrates the 5th Salgreh of their Atashkadeh

The 5th Salgreh of the Zoroastrian Association of California‘s Atash Kadeh was celebrated with great religious fervor and Parsi gusto on the 12th of November. The celebration started a week ago by deep cleaning the premises. On the day of Salgreh, a  Hama Anjuman Sandalwood maachi was offered in all five gehs. Also, two Hama Anjuman Jashans were performed, one in the morning and one in the evening to facilitate the whole community by Ervads Jal Birdy, Zerkxis, and Zarir Bhandara which was attended by about 60 Zoroastrians.

After the Jashans Ervad Bhandara gave an informative talk on different grades of fires, the offering of Machi, in which he briefly gave the history of the enthronement of the fire. He stated that “3 days and nights before the opening of this Atash Kadeh, the Vendidad and Yasna Sadeh and 6 Bajs were performed- under the guidance of Dasturji Dr. Kotwal- on the fire that was burning in our home [Bhandara’s] for the last ten years and from that same fire this Padshah was enthroned”. He concluded the event by thanking the priests, the attendees, and the ZAC executive committee

The fruits for the Jashans were brought by Dolly Malva and Aban Kapadia, and a delicious vegetarian dinner was prepared by Yashmin and Mehernosh Pithawalla and the icing on the cake was the happy Birthday cake prepared by Vira and Burjor Santoke.

Saalgreh of Palia Street  Agiary, Surat

Today is the Saalgreh of Palia Street  Agiary, located in Surat, which is not only considered as one of the oldest, but also full of historical fragrances therein.
Jamshedji Zahiya belonged to a noble family, who was highly commited towards our Mazdayasni Zarthusti Din.
He was not having any child, so he always prayed to Paak Dadar Ahuramazda for its blessings and vowed to build an Agiary, if he was blessed with a child.
Well, one can also perceive why he was not having a child, as Paak Dadar Ahuramazda didn’t want to make Jamshedji see his child’s fate with such a disappointing end.
Anyway, prayers from the bottom of one’s heart, offered by a Din Parast Zarthosti can never be turned off, so was the case with Jamshedji too, whereby he was blessed with a son, who was named Homaji Jamshedji Zahiya.
Dae Mah Govad Roj is the death anniversary of a pious and saintly (Asho) person, Homa Jamshed Zaahiaa. The day is popularly remembered in his memory as Homajee Ni Baaj.
It is commemorated as a religious day in testimony to a life of absolute righteousness and truth.
An Agiyari in Palia Street in Nanpura, Surat is named after Jamshedji Zaahiaa, was built as a mark of commitment, thanking the ALMIGHTY.
His son, Homa was a victim of the unfortunate Kabiseh controversy which divided the community very bitterly and violently, around the middle of the 18th century.
Around that time, when the Parsees of India established contact with the Zarathushtis of Iran, they discovered that the Iranians followed a calendar that was one month ahead of theirs.
In 1745, a section of the Zarathushti community in Gujarat changed over their calendar and put it one month ahead, so as to confirm to what it was in Iran. They called themselves Kadimis or followers of the ancient practice.
Those who did not adopt the change called themselves the Shenshahis or those who followed the “Royal” traditional calendar.
This caused a severe rift in the Zarathushti community in India. For many years, marriage between the members of the two sects did not take place and often, bouts of violence were taken to the streets.
The controversy flared up rather seriously in Bharuch in 1782. A Kadimi lady who was pregnant falsely accused a pious an innocent Shehenshahi gentleman by the name of Homa Jamshed for kicking her and causing her to have a miscarriage.
Homa was first brought to trial before the Nawab of Bharuch and then to Bombay before the British court.
Homa pleaded his innocence but incensed by the Kabisseh controversy, a member of a Wadia family gave a false testimony as a witness against Homa.
Based on the witness’ false accusation, Homa was sentenced to death. He was hanged to death at the corner of Bazaargate in Fort, Bombay, on Mah Dae, Roj Govad 1152 Y.Z., 1783 A.D.
Before he was hanged, he declared that he was innocent of the charge brought against him and that his sentence was not just.
He is said to have declared, that the person who had leveled the false witness testimony against him would be found dead on the fourth day (Chahrum) after his death.
Reportedly, the person who gave the false witness testimony against Homa was found dead in his house on the Chahrum day of the martyr’s death.
To this day, devout Parsees observe Dae Mah Govad Roj as a solemn occasion for remembering this martyr of the tragic Kabiseh controversy.
Surprising to learn that the Agiary is currently owned (not managed) by Wadia trust in Mumbai, whether any links prevail with same Wadias who created this major mishap remains a question mark.
Dozens of efforts were undertaken, at several occasions for its closures, but out of the blue someone intervenes from no where and the Agiary keeps on glowing & growing. Most of them are neither from the same locality, nor from the same city, but how they come up to keep the Agiary move on, is amazing.
There are such powerful stories of its might that one gets astonished on its occurances. But the one who witnessed it are themselves very powerful in Din Parasti.”
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