‘Gehs’: Relevance And Rituals

Each day of the Zoroastrian calendar is divided into five time zones, known as ‘Gehs’ or segments dedicated to worshipping and venerating Ahura Mazda and the various celestial divinities. The word ‘Gah’ or ‘Geh’ originates from the Pahlavi language, meaning ‘time, period or place’.  The five ‘Gehs’ in our religion were set, keeping in mind […]

A Tribute To Dr. Maneckji Nusserwanji Dhalla:

– Championing The Truth And The Ethics Of Zoroastrianism – Noshir H. Dadrawala – Zoroastrian Scholar; Trustee – Bombay Parsi Punchayat: Maneckji Nusserwanji Dhalla was the first and only scholarly priest to be appointed Dastur or High Priest in Karachi, Pakistan. The Avestan term for Dastur is ‘De’ or ‘Deng’, which literally means, ‘one who shows the true path’. The moral and ethical […]

Vendidad – The Law Against Forces of Evil

Among ancient Zoroastrian sacred texts, the Vendidad is probably the most significant – both historically and liturgically, and yet, it is condemned as an outdated ‘Zoroastrian Penal Code’ and the work of babbling Magi priests obsessed with imaginary demons and magic. Even today, many question the historical significance of the Vendidad. Let us understand that it is the only Nask or […]

‘Aspandarmad’ Embodies Piety And Devotion

Aspandarmad or Spendarmad is the twelfth and last month of the Zoroastrian calendar. It is dedicated to Spenta Armaity – the divinity presiding over Mother Earth. While the term ‘Spenta’ can be variously translated as ‘increasing, growing, good, holy and benevolent’, the term ‘Armaity’ can also be variously translated to mean ‘devotion, piety and peace’. Spenta Armaity is an Amesha […]