The Season And Reason To Love

This year, the pre-spring festival of Vasant Panchami coincides with Valentine’s Day on 14th February, 2024. Vasant (meaning spring) Panchami (meaning fifth or the festival falling on the fifth day of the Hindu month of Magha), is considered an auspicious day to begin any new venture. In like manner, Zoroastrians, especially in Iran celebrated Jashn-e-Sadeh on 30th January, 2024, fifty days […]

Similarities Between Consecrating A Hindu Temple And Zoroastrian Fire Temple

The consecration (Prana pratishtha) ceremony, conducted on 22nd January, 2024, of the Ram Lalla (infant form of Lord Ram) Murti (idol) in Ayodhya, received tremendous attention worldwide. This ceremony reminded many of us of how our sacred Agyari and Atash Bahram fire, and the building housing the sacred fire, are also consecrated – first physically […]

Celebrating Righteous Power

January 13, 2024, is Roj Hormuzd of Mah Sheherevar, as per the Shehenshahi calendar. Shehrevar (Avestan Khshathra Vairya) is the sixth month of the Zoroastrian calendar and represents Ahura Mazda’s strength, power and ‘desirable dominion’. Shehrevar uses these qualities righteously to usher peace and Ahura Mazda’s ‘desirable dominion’ in this world. To invoke Shehrevar is to aspire for qualities of good […]

Noshir Dadrawala Represents Community At Bombay Archdiocesan Inter-Religious Xmas Celebration

Zoroastrian scholar, author, columnist and Programme Director, Legal & CSR Compliance at the Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy, Noshir Dadrawala, represented the Zoroastrian community at the Bombay Archdiocesan inter-religious Christmas celebrations, which were held on 17th December, 2023. The occasion was graced by His Eminence – Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, who inaugurated the […]