Category Archives: Udvada

Udvada finally gets a police station, near fire temple

Udvada finally gets a police station, near fire temple

Cops got their act together seven months after mid-day reported that a series of break-ins and burglaries were taking place in the Parsi town Nearly seven months after mid-day reported about the quaint little town of Udvada and a spate of robberies and alleged armed assaults happening there due to no police presence, the cops…

Udvada: A town on the verge of being forgotten

Udvada: A town on the verge of being forgotten

The Majestic Hotel at Udvada in Gujarat was a popular destination for tourists until it shut down in the 1990s. A hub of Parsi merry-making in the 1950s and 1960s, it has become a mere shadow of its glorious past. A photograph by Shantanu Das shows one of its doors with a rusted bolt and…

Statement from Udvada Samast Anjuman On IUU 2015

STATEMENT FROM UDVADA SAMAST ANJUMAN  ON RECENTLY CONCLUDED IRANSHAH UDVADA UTSAV-2015 Udvada Samast Anjuman was proud to co-host the ‘Iranshah Udvada Utsav’ (IUU) with Foundation for Development of Udvada (FDU). Going by responses gathered from all over the world, IUU held on 25th to 27th December 2015, was undoubtedly a stupendous success. Over the past…

Sleepless in Udvada: Er. Marzban J. Hathiram

Good friend of Parsi Khabar and esteemed Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram pens an editorial on the recent Iranshah Udvada Utsav   So the great Udvada Utsav has ended. The statues have been lifted away, the grand shamiana dismantled, cleaning up has been done, the hordes of tourists and visitors are gone, the vendors are busy…

Seven Parsi high priests condemn conversion and interfaith marriages

Seven Parsi high priests condemn conversion and interfaith marriages

MUMBAI: In an open letter to the community, seven Parsi high priests have condemned both conversion and interfaith marriages. While acknowledging that several issues plague the community—not the least of which is its dwindling population—they have written, “The solution to our current issue does not lie in cutting out the very basis of Zoroastrianism and…

Bachi Karkaria: Why Is India’s Wealthy Parsi Community Vanishing ?

Bachi Karkaria: Why Is India’s Wealthy Parsi Community Vanishing ?

Udvada is an obscure hamlet in India’s western Gujarat state which houses the holiest fire of India’s Parsi community. Legend has it that it was consecrated some 12 centuries ago on the nearby Sanjan beach, landing point of a boatload of refugees who had fled the Arab conquest of Persia to save their 3,000-year-old Zoroastrian…

Vada Dasturjis Voice: “No Conversion or Mixed Marriages”

Below is a letter signed by all the Vada Dasturjis in the aftermath of the Iranshah Udvada Utsav 2015 Preserve identity and maintain religious practices, say Vada Dasturjis in one voice, as they address an open letter to the community in the wake of the controversial ‪#‎Iranshah‬ ‪#‎Udvada‬ ‪#‎Utsav‬. Here is the full letter that…

Darius Khambata Clarifies Stand on the IUU 2015 Talk

Darius Khambata Clarifies Stand on the IUU 2015 Talk

Darius Khambata was one of the speakers on Day 02 of the recently concluded Iranshah Udvada Utsav 2015. His talk raised a lot of controversey over what was said/heard/implied…..or NOT….by those present, and those that went by hearsay. He clarifies his stand in a letter to the Editor of the Jame Jamshed that was shared…

‘Bawaji ni Paltan’ guarded Holy Fire for centuries

Parsis from across the country and globe gathered to celebrate Iranshah Udvada Utsav and offer prayers in the holy town of Udvada, but few know that the holy fire was once protected by the guards of erstwhile state of Baroda. The royal Gaekwad family not just offered support to the Parsi community but also safeguarded…

A flame endangered

A flame endangered

India’s smallest community is getting even smaller; and the Parsis are worried. “If 3000 people are sitting in this pandal, then 20 more such pandals can accommodate all the Parsis living on Planet Earth right now. That’s how small a community we are.” Thus spake actor Boman Irani, and the 3000 Parsis packed in under…