Tag Archive | Knowledge about Parsis

Zoroastrianism: History, Beliefs, and Practices

Zoroastrianism: History, Beliefs, and Practices

It is possible, that every Zoroastrian – Parsi, or other – who is online, has searched for information about Zoroastrianism. What we usually get are articles put together with scraps from other sites, and alternately either clearly orthodox or clearly liberal representations of the religion. It is rare to find a well written, non-judgmental description […]

An article on Agiarys – from Hindustan Times

  Adale Patel pointed us to an article that appeared in the Hindustan Times recently. Besides pointing out the fact that some of our Agiarys are being given “Heritage” status, the article titled “Enduring Fire” goes on to provide insights not just on what’s inside Agiarys, but also reveals some of the issues facing them. “Their […]

Parsis – The World’s Smallest Nation

From Google Earth Community The 2001 census in India put Parsis at 69,600. There are some 35,000 or 40,000 additionally, mainly in USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Population estimates in India expect Parsis to come down to 20,000 by 2020. Apart from the UNESCO sponsored PARZOR (Parsi-Zoroastrian) project which is documenting the […]

Parsi Thanksgiving Days

Khordad Sal: Khordad Roz, Fravardin Mah ( (6th Day, 1st Month). On this day, the Prophet Zarathushtra’s birthday is celebrated symbolically. Fravardigan: Fravardigan Roz, Fravardin Mah (19th Day, 1st Month). On this day, the Priests perform a Jashan in the vicinity of the Towers of Silence in memory of all the departed souls of the community. […]

The Sudreh and Kusti – What they symbolise

The Sudreh and Kusti – What they symbolise

Every Parsi is meant to wear a Sudreh and Kusti. This to most non-parsis looks like e a white vest and holy thread tied around the waist. However there’s great significance in the making and wearing of the two for us Parsis. And the Sudreh and Kusti are first worn by Parsis when their Navjote […]

The Navjote – What it means

The Navjote – What it means

  The Navjot (or Naozot) ceremony is an ancient sacred ritual of the Zoroastrian community. It is the ceremony through which Zoroastrian children on the threshold of adolescence are initiated into the religion. The word Navjote is made up of the words ‘Nao’ which means ‘new’ and ‘Zot’ which means worshipper, and the combination of […]

The Parsi Zoroastrian Calendar: Days and their Meanings

The Parsi Zoroastrian Calendar: Days and their Meanings

The Parsi Zoroastrian Calendar has Thirty (30) Days. They are given below, alongwith their meaning:   Hormazd – Lord of Wisdom Bahman – Good Mind Ardibehesht – Truth & Order Shehrevar – Great Power Asfandarmad – Devotion Khordad – Perfection Amerdad – Immortality Dae-pa-adar – Giver of Fire Adar – Fire Ava – Water Khorshed […]