Western Railway has given special stoppage of two scheduled trains Flying Rani(up) and Gujarat Express(down) at south Gujarat’s Sanjan railway station on 18th and 19th of November on the occasion of ‘Sanjan Day’, which is attended by thousands of Parsi community members from all over the world.
To commemorate the historic landing of the Parsis on the Indian soil at Sanjan, 1294 years ago, the Parsi residents of Sanjan will be celebrating Sanjan Day of this year on 18 November.
Located between Mumbai and Surat, Sanjan is a legendary place in the history of the Parsi community. When the Parsi’s first landed on the port of Sanjan, it was the kingdom of Jadi Rana. The King, apprehensive of tall, fair and warrior like foreigners sent a bowl full of milk, implying that there was no place for the Parsis in his kingdom. The leader and High Priest of Parsi community, Dastoor Neryosang Dhaval added sugar to the milk and sent the bowl back to the king. This action implied that just as sugar mixed with milk added taste and flavour to it, Parsi’s will mix with the local people and be an asset to the kingdom.
Sanjan Day is celebrated to remember the reverence and gratitude the noble Hindu king Jadi Rana who gave us shelter in his kingdom, Dastooran Neryosang Dhaval who led us here and our forefathers for their untold sacrifices to preserve our religion.
The Parsis will also celebrate the 90th anniversary of Memorial Column built to preserve the advent. Contact on local phone numbers: 2576229, or 2576459 for contributions to funds needed to run the Dharamshala and to preserve the Sanjan Memorial Column, beautification of the precincts and protection property.
Reported in Desh Gujarat