Teshtar Tir Yazad (The Yasht Series)

Daisy P. Navdar is a teacher by profession and a firm believer in the efficacy of our Manthravani. She is focused on ensuring that the deep significance of our prayers is realized by our youth. She credits her learnings and insights, shared in her articles, to all Zoroastrian priests and scholars whose efforts have contributed towards providing light and wisdom for all Zarthostis.

I invite you to join me as I journey through the wonderful teachings shared in a Khordeh Avesta, which was printed in 1902 – more than a 100 years ago! Authored by Dinbai Sohrabji Engineer, the teachings, stories and notes in this book speak about the various powers of our prayers, while sharing anecdotes of people who have used these prayers and the tremendous achievements that each has accomplished.

In all the realms created by Dadar Ahura Mazda, He has appointed a keeper. Teshtar Tir Yazad is one such ruler. Teshtar Tir Yazad rules over the grah (planets) and setara (stars).

Satvesh Yazad, Bahman Ameshaspand, Ardvisur Yazad, Vaad Yazad, Hom Yazad, Din Yazad, Berejo Yazad and the Asho Farohar are all subject to the command of Teshtar Tir Yazad. Tir Yazad is the bringer of life-giving rain. We have all studied the water cycle in the early years at school. Isn’t it marvelous to know that this cycle is described in such details within our scriptures too!

Tir Yazad commands the winds to blow over the Vohukash sea; He brings storm upon the waves of the sea and He brings calm upon its surface too. He commands the ebb and the flow of the tides. All the waters that rise up from the ocean get collected as clouds around the Hindav mountain (sounds similar to Himalaya?), which rises in the middle of the ocean. (A side note of observation: Even today, geologist have found evidence of sea shells on the Himalayas. Is this strange.. I wonder!)

The clouds, which gather around the Hindav are then guided by Tir Yazad to the lands upon which they are most required. The lands upon which man and animals live, were divided into seven Kishwars (probably continents) and Tir Yazad brings rain to them all. Tir Yazad is the harbinger of hope and growth and regeneration and renewal. He assists man in growing crop and food for sustenance.

This cycle is so intrinsically connected to our very existence that just out of reverence and gratitude, we must pay our respects to Teshtar Tir Yazad and call upon his benevolence for our lives ahead.

Teshtar Tir Yazad is also considered the Yazad who helps to cure all eye related ailments. It is said that He uses the brilliance of Spitaman Zarathushtra to bring light into our eyes. Very frequently I suffer from strain in the eyes due to the usage of the mobile phone and computers – it is a common phenomenon. However, I frequently find myself remembering the name of Teshtar Tir Yazad as I rub my eyes and ask him to relieve me of the irritation. I have never been disappointed so far.

From the 101 names of Pak Dadar Ahura Mazda, we should recite Farakhatante 101 times on Tir Roj with a glass of water in front of us. Drinking this water and applying it on the eyes brings a lot of relief from eye ailments.

If you manage to pray the Tir Yasht at least once a year on Tir Mahino and Tir Roj, you can consider yourself very blessed. It is not easy an easy task but then neither is our life, and yet we still manage to get through our daily challenges. Wouldn’t we be doubly blessed if we took the assistance of Teshtar Tir Yazad by reciting his prayers?

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust

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