Patel Agiary Celebrates 115th Salgreh

The Perozsha Ardeshir Patel’s Fire Temple, located in Andheri West, Mumbai, celebrated its glorious 115th salgreh amidst much pomp, in memory of its founder – Seth Ardeshir Bicaji Patel (Andheriwalla) on 21st April, 2023 (Mah-Adar, Roj-Adar). A Jashan was performed at 5:00 pm in the Agiary, by Panthaki Er. Kersi H Katila and his team of Mobeds. It was well attended by Zoroastrian residents living in and around Andheri as also the Trustees of the Agairy – Ardeshir Patel, and Maneckshaw Patel, Hoshang Mirza, Sam Patel (ACP Rtd), Shahrukh Irani and Viraf Irani.

After the Jashan, on the request of Er. Katila, Chairman Ardeshir Patel addressed the crowd, speaking about the benevolent nature of his grandfather in installing a Dadgah in 1908, in memory of his younger son, Pherozsha who passed away at the tender age of five. Then, he alongside other Zoroastrian residents of Andheri established the Patel Fire Temple for the Zoroastrian community. Seth Ardeshir Bicaji Patel, along with support of fellow Zoroastrians of Andheri and nearby areas, had also established a Tower of Silence, at Andheri East for the Zoroastrian community.

Next, Er. Khushru Panthaky shared a religious speech on Jashans, which was well received by the audience. It was heartening to note that the Patel Agiary, which earlier had its Trustees facing financial challenge due to the shortfall of Kathi and had to seek out philanthropists for the Kathi Fund, are today proud to share that the Dar-e-mehr is now financially sound, thanks to the visionary Trustees who developed a large portion of their lands for housing society to the Zoroastrian Community.

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