The Poona Kadmi and Sehensai Dar-e-meher, popularly known as ‘Komda ni Agiary’, celebrated it auspicious 130th salgreh, on 17th September, 2023.
A Jashan, on behalf of the trustees, was performed in the morning, followed by an evening Machi, and an insightful talk by the community’s leading authority on Zoroastrianism – Noshir Dadrawala, titled ‘Divine Truth And Order’, followed by an eve of camaraderie and entertainment.
In his charismatic style, Noshir Dadrawala enlightened all about the basic Zoroastrian fight of good over evil, explaining how evil can only be present due to the absence of good. The topic of divine truth and virtue was especially relevant on the auspicious occasion as the Agiary was consecrated on ‘Ardibehest Mahino, Ardibehest Roj’, which focuses on the practice of Asha – truth and righteousness. His speech received much applause and was followed by an interactive session where Noshir Dadrawala effectively addressed all queries raised by the audience, about our faith. He was then felicitated with flowers and a token by Jahaun Sinor.
Mansha Naegamvala thanked all donors and sponsors for their generous contributions. The all-time favourite Parsi game, Tambola (Housie) hosted by Neville Postwalla and Shireen Sinor was enjoyed greatly by all, alongside special prizes and a gift hamper. The evening concluded with a sumptuous dinner catered by Pik-A-Meal, and with attendees returning home satisfied with an evening of knowledge and fun.
Despite being the youngest Agiyari in Pune, the Dar-e-Meher was consecrated a hundred and thirty-two years ago, following Iranian (or Kadmi) rituals. The absence of a Kadmi Agiyari in Pune at the time motivated the Pune Zoroastrians to establish one for the Kadmi/Irani sect.
The Agiary has been built on the property of Seth Kavasji Pestonji, who generously surrendered his bungalow for its construction. At the same time, Khan Bahadur Sebh Padamji also donated his premises for the hall to be constructed, thereby explaining the original name of the hall as ‘Khorsedwadi’. The Agiary was finally built with the help of the anjuman, who were its patrons and well-wishers. May the holy Padshah of this glorious Agiary continue to bless and protect our community in Pune and the world over!
[Courtesy: Vahiste Sinor]