Narendra Modi attends 1290th birthday celebration of Iranshah at Udvada

UPDATE

We would like to clarify that at no point did CM Narendra Modi enter the Iranshah. The Hon. Chief Minister stopped by the gates, bowed and prayed, paid his respected to the Holy Fire, and continued on to the venue of the function. Certain individuals on social media continue to use the text of what is published here to insinuate falsely that CM Modi entered the kebla. That accusation is totally false. The facts have been brought to the attention of these individuals, but they continue to use the contents of this article to suit their arguements.

Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi has wished Parsi pilgrim place Udvada get recognition of ‘World heritage centre of religious harmony’.

Chief Minister said this at Udvada in Valsad where he was invited as a special guest in 1290th birth celebration of Parsi Atash Behram Iranshah.

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Below is a video of the actual speech delivered on this occassion.

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On the occasion, Chief Minister was felicitated by head Dasturjees and leaders of Parsi community. Chief Minister prayed at sacred fire Atash Behram and viewed the display of Zoroastrian Information Centre which showcases the lifestyle of Parsi people.

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Shri Modi said he is indebted to Parsi community and that he seeks the blessing of Humta-Hukhta-Huvarshta (Good thoughts-Good words-Good deeds) from Iranshah.

Parsi people have always contributed greatly in the growth of India, Chief Minister said while referring to the name of Madam Cama who assisted freedom fighter Shyamji Krishna Varma. Contribution of Parsi people should be documented, he added.

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Dastur Kurshedjee Kekobad wished that a decade later Shri Modi attend the 1300th birth celebration of Iranshah as the Prime Minister of India. He said that Parsi people are highly secure in Gujarat. ‘Foundation for development of Udvada’ is the result of Chief Minister’s farsightedness. Zoroastrian Information Centre has also been developed with the help of Chief Minister’s funding.

Head Dasurjees and Parsi dignitaries expressed gratitude towards Chief Minister and gave standing ovation to him. Standing ovation from a micro-minority community is the real certificate for the good governance practices of his government, said Chief Minister.

Noted Hindi film actor Boman Irani described Shri Modi as the guardian of the sacred fire Atash Behram and of pilgrim place Udvada, second after King Jadav Rana of Sanjan who gave shelter to Parsi people.

BJP national office bearer Smruti Irani, religious leaders, Parsi community leaders and Collector Sushri P.Barthi were present on the occasion among others.

 

A detailed report from DeshGujarat:

http://deshgujarat.com/2011/04/24/modi-celebrates-1290th-anniversary-of-parsi-atash-behram-iranshah-at-udvada/

Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi today wished recognition of ‘World heritage centre of religious harmony’ for Parsi pilgrim place Udvada while speaking at Udvada in Valsad where he was a special guest in 1290th birth celebration of Parsi Atash Behram Iranshah.

Chief Minister Modi was felicitated by head Dasturjees and leaders of Parsi community. Chief Minister prayed at sacred fire Atash Behram and viewed the display of Zoroastrian Information Centre that showcases the lifestyle of Parsi people. Shri Modi said he is indebted to Parsi community and that he seeks the blessing of Humta-Hukhta-Huvarshta (Good thoughts-Good words-Good deeds) from Iranshah.

Modi said it was a matter of utmost proud for him that world’s smallest of the small, micro minority gave away him a standing ovation because whether a regime is working well or not, whether the approach of the regime is same for all or biased to someone is answered and hailed by world’s micro-minority here. Modi said there’s no other certificate needed now.

“I sometime think that if Parsi community had not arrived here, what could happen to us Gujaratis here? We could not learn to have a smile, we could not have learn to face and overcome our problems with smile,” Modi said.

“This is the community that doesn’t want anything from government. They even don’t want election ticket. This shows that their love is without condition, without any expectation, and therefore purest possible. I haven’t heard any Parsi going to jail. All other communities have tasted jail term, but not Parsis. Some tradition some ‘Samskar’ must be there to make this possible, and Gujarat is benefited by it. One would find Parsi on the top of every area, be it industry, science, army or any other area. It is fact that Parsis didn’t increase population, but i think if Parsis had done it, the nation could get great benefit out of it, and I pray Iranshah for more and more contribution of Parsis to this nation,” Modi further said.

Modi said he came to Iranshah with a motive to get blessings for three things that he wanted good thoughts, good words and good deeds.”I want blessings so that I don’t commit mistake, and I don’t do anything that is harmful to anyone.”

Modi appealed Parsis to visit Shyamji Krushna Verma monument in Kutch’s Mandvi where one section is devoted to Madam Cama. “Madam Cama’s glorious history has been showcased in Mandvi, you will be proud of your heritage after visiting that place.”

Modi said once the government of India was facilitating once-a-year tour to Iran for Parsis living in India, however it is unfortunate that this tradition has been discontinued by present central government. “We would put a demand before the centre to hold talks with Iran and start facilitating such tour again.”

Modi recalled how he had urged then Tourism Minister Jagmohan in Ahmedabad to start the tours of Udvada and Sanjan. He said, “In the era of religious and sectarian conflicts, Sanjan and Udavada are the biggest global destinations showcasing religious harmony.”

Modi appealed Parsis all over the world that they should visit at least once a year to Udavada and Sanjan.

Dastur Kurshedjee Kekobad wished that a decade later Shri Modi would also attend the 1300th birth celebration of Iranshah as the Prime Minister of India.

He said that Parsi people are highly secure in Gujarat. ‘Foundation for development of Udvada’ is the result of Chief Minister’s farsightedness. Zoroastrian Information Centre has also been developed with the help of Chief Minister’s funding.

Head Dasurjees and Parsi dignitaries expressed gratitude towards Chief Minister and gave standing ovation to him. Standing ovation from a micro-minority community is the real certificate for the good governance practices of his government, said Chief Minister.

Noted Hindi film actor Boman Irani described Shri Modi as the guardian of the sacred fire Atash Behram and of pilgrim place Udvada, second after King Jadav Rana of Sanjan who gave shelter to Parsi people.

BJP national office bearer Smruti Irani, religious leaders, Parsi community leaders and Collector Sushri P.Barthi were present on the occasion among others.

 

April 24, 2011

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  • Jeannieantiawimmer

    Happy Birthday, Iranshah!

  • Jeannieantiawimmer

    Happy Birthday, Iranshah!

  • Sairuskasad

    Salgrah Mubarak Shreeji Pak Iranshah,

    We go to Udvada month but today it was special and we vsited for seeking the blessings of Pak Iranshah but could not attend the function due to my son’s exam but watching the vedio on Parsi khabar I am totally satisfied. Really some body is there to look after our Micro community. With the blessings of Pak Iranshah we will prosper and rule the world. Amin, Amin, Amin.
    Sairus Kasad, Navsari.

  • Sairuskasad

    Salgrah Mubarak Shreeji Pak Iranshah,

    We go to Udvada month but today it was special and we vsited for seeking the blessings of Pak Iranshah but could not attend the function due to my son’s exam but watching the vedio on Parsi khabar I am totally satisfied. Really some body is there to look after our Micro community. With the blessings of Pak Iranshah we will prosper and rule the world. Amin, Amin, Amin.
    Sairus Kasad, Navsari.

  • Kershasp Noble

    I wished to attend the funtion at Udvadaon sunday but i could not make it. Salgarah Mubarak Shreeji Park Iranshah. And thank all prasent at the occation Last but not the least Honorable Chief Minister Shri Narandra Modi for his support to the Parsi community.

  • Kershasp Noble

    I wished to attend the funtion at Udvadaon sunday but i could not make it. Salgarah Mubarak Shreeji Park Iranshah. And thank all prasent at the occation Last but not the least Honorable Chief Minister Shri Narandra Modi for his support to the Parsi community.

  • Er. Zerxes.

    Why was the Vice President of West Zone in FEZPAI and the leading industrialist heading Rs. 500 crore business empire not on the dais and instead some personalities from Bollywood allowed to speak. What a insult. Tut .tut.

  • Er. Zerxes.

    Why was the Vice President of West Zone in FEZPAI and the leading industrialist heading Rs. 500 crore business empire not on the dais and instead some personalities from Bollywood allowed to speak. What a insult. Tut .tut.

  • Arzaant

    you are right… atleast Ratan Tata or N B Godrej should have been there to greet him given their huge investments in the state

  • Arzaant

    you are right… atleast Ratan Tata or N B Godrej should have been there to greet him given their huge investments in the state

  • Phirozaban

    I believe the Chief Minister made a mention of Cama’s another business family from Ahmedabad.

  • Phirozaban

    I believe the Chief Minister made a mention of Cama’s another business family from Ahmedabad.

  • Phirozaban

    I believe the Chief Minister made a mention of Cama’s another business family from Ahmedabad.

  • KhoremandShahparast

    Its all about you scratch my back, i scratch yours.

  • KhoremandShahparast

    Its all about you scratch my back, i scratch yours.

  • Phiroze

    The CM made a mention of Madame Cama, a freedom fighter!!!!!!

  • Phiroze

    The CM made a mention of Madame Cama, a freedom fighter!!!!!!

  • Saroshbhathena

    happy birthday shriji Pak Iransha…

  • Saroshbhathena

    happy birthday shriji Pak Iransha…

  • Icchaporia.

    But he did not mention the person referred to by Er.Zerxes.

  • Icchaporia.

    But he did not mention the person referred to by Er.Zerxes.

  • Rustom

    The idea of once a year trip to Zoroastrian sites in iran is a must…..so that we may have visual contact with our legacy

  • Rustom

    The idea of once a year trip to Zoroastrian sites in iran is a must…..so that we may have visual contact with our legacy

  • Santosh Ambasta

    We Hindus have always supported our parsi brothers and will continue 2 support them….