Secunderabad’s Chenai Dar-E-Meher Receives ‘INTACH Heritage Award 2024’

The Khan Bahadur Edulji Sohrabji Chenai Anjuman Dar-E-Meher, in Secunderabad, was honoured with the prestigious ‘INTACH Heritage Award 2024’, by the Hyderabad chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), acknowledging the contributions of Chenoy Anjuman Dar-e-Meher towards conserving and preserving the unique heritage of Hyderabad. The citation was awarded, in “appreciation for their immense contributions in conserving the built heritage of Hyderabad by protecting and maintaining cultural assets.” Homi D. Chenoy, Hon. Secretary-Trustee, PZASH, collected the award on behalf of the Anjuman at a function held on the occasion of World Heritage Day – 18th April, 2024.

“As the world comes together to celebrate the richness of our cultural heritage, this recognition holds special significance. It magnifies the importance of the Anjuman Agiary as a custodian of our collective history and tradition, symbolizing the essence of our shared identity. We express our deepest gratitude to INTACH for honouring us with this esteemed award on World Heritage Day, a day dedicated to celebrating and preserving our cultural heritage worldwide. This recognition fuels our commitment to safeguarding our heritage for future generations. Thank you to everyone who has supported us!” shared Khorshed S. Chenai, President – Parsi Zoroastrian Anjuman of Secunderabad and Hyderabad.

The Khan Bahadur Edulji Sohrabji Chenoy Anjuman Dar-e-Meher is the youngest of the three fire temples present in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, catering to over a thousand Parsis living in the cities. It was built by Seth Jamshedji Edulji Chenoy, son of Khan Bahadur Seth Edulji Sohrabji Chenoy and Bai Pirojbai Edulji Chenoy, along with his brothers, in memory of their late father, during the reign of Osman Ali Khan – the last and seventh Nizam of the erstwhile Hyderabad State. Dastoor Khurshed Dastoor Behram Jamasp Asa consecrated the Dar-e-Meher during the reign of Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan and King George V. The Chenoy family came to Hyderabad 200 years ago.

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