Category Archives: Religion

Ghee Khichdi Ritual in Navsari: A News Report

Ghee Khichdi Ritual in Navsari: A News Report

Navsari often referred to as the “Dharam Ni Tekdi”  Parsis has many of the traditional customs and practices that have over time been forgotten in other cities and town. The Ghee Khichri ritual on Bahman Mahino and Bahman Roj is one of them. Boys go from house to house, asking for rice, dal, oil, ghee…

Morgan Freeman embarks on an almighty quest to find God for TV documentary

Morgan Freeman embarks on an almighty quest to find God for TV documentary

The actor’s new television series explores the existence of God Morgan Freeman embarks on quest to find God for TV documentary Tom Teodorczuk More than 10 years after playing God, Morgan Freeman has gone in search of him. The actor, whose new television series explores the existence of God, has even picked a favourite faith…

Hormuz Javat: 13-year-old Zoroastrian priest keeps tradition alive

Hormuz Javat: 13-year-old Zoroastrian priest keeps tradition alive

When Hormuz Javat was 8 years old, he faced a pretty serious decision: did he want to begin training as a Zoroastrian priest? He’d have to begin soon because the training took four years, building up to his ordination at age 12. Hormuz is a Parsi, a follower of the Zoroastrian faith. His ancestors fled…

A Nirangdin in Navsari at the Vadi Dar-E-Mehr

A Nirangdin in Navsari at the Vadi Dar-E-Mehr

A sacred nirangdin ceremony was held at the historic 874 years old Vadi Daremeher, Navsari on Roz Aspandarmad Mah Tir Yezdezerdi 1385 Friday midnight of 20th November 2015. The ceremony which lasted 18 days was performed by two yozdathregar mobeds Ervad Aspandiar Rustomji Dadachanji and Ervad Darayus Parvez Bajan under the guidance of Vada Dasturji…

Laudato Si: Insight of Spenta Armaity

Laudato Si: Insight of Spenta Armaity

FEZANA recently put out a research paper titled “Laudato Si: Insight of Spenta Armaity”. The entire document can be accessed on FEZANA’s website. Below is a short primer. FEZANA informs The Encyclical of Pope Francis Laudato Si , subtitled On care of our common home resonates with the values of Prophet Zarathushtra, of caring for…

Making Muktad More Meaningful

Making Muktad More Meaningful

Muktad are the 10 days starting from Roj Ashtad of Mah Spendarmad and ending on Vahishtoisht Gatha, when, according to Zoroastrian tradition, all Fravashis and souls collectively descend every year to their houses in particular and into the world in general. They remain wherever there is purity, prayers, performance of rituals and goodness. The Muktad…

Clarifications in The Banning of Priests Case

Clarification issued jointly by Jamsheed Kanga & Homi Khusrokhan There appear to be several misunderstandings concerning the Settlement entered into on 17.02.’15 in the matter of the Notice issued by the BPP in 2009 threatening a ban against other Priests and imposing a ban on two priests Er. Framroz Mirza & Er. Khushroo Madon, prohibiting…

Can Higher Salaries Save Parsi Priesthood?

Ardeshir Nariman, 15, is fast approaching graduation. Like many boys his age in Mumbai—educated and upwardly mobile, his curiosity heavily seasoned with ambition—he’ll continue to college to study science when he finishes school this spring. Unlike most of the other boys, he will also be ordained a priest. Nariman’s education was supplemented by intense religious…