Mount Damavand

Since ancient times, mountains have held a place of special reverence in Zoroastrian lore. There is nothing pagan about this belief, because all devout Zoroastrians have been enjoined with a sacred duty to look after, respect and revere all the good creations of Ahura Mazda. In the prayer pertaining to homage unto mountains, we pray: […]

The Birth Of The “Unconquered Sun (Mithra or Meher Yazata)”?

While many the world over will celebrate Christmas with gifts, Christmas trees and much merriment, few would know that these festivities trace their roots to the ancient Zoroastrian feast of ‘Yalda’, observed annually around 21st December (sometimes 20th or 22nd December) coinciding with the winter solstice in the Northern hemisphere. Yalda, is the longest and […]

Ardashir-e-Babakan – The Lion Heart Of Ancient Iran
– A Fascinating Tale Of Courage And Conviction –
Part 1

The Karname-e Ardashir-e Babakan or the Book of the Deeds of Ardashir, son of Babakan, is a legendary Middle Persian tale written during the Sasanian period (226 – 651 A.D.). This book narrates the epic adventures of the man who not only builds a great Persian empire but resurrects the Zoroastrian religion like the proverbial […]

The Three Greatest Zoroastrian Kings – Darius The Great Part – II

  Takht-e-Jamshid or Persepolis The most important historical monument Iran can boast of is Takht-e-Jamshid or Persepolis. Persepolis means “City of the Persians”. However, most Iranians prefer to refer to it as Takht-e-Jamshid (throne of Jamshid), although the monument has nothing to do with King Jamshid of the Peshdadian dynasty. Persepolis was envisioned by Darius […]