The consecration of a new Afarganyu for a Daremeher


April 26, 2011

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Dear friend and Panthaki Saheb of the Behram Baug Daremeher, Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram has a very nice article about the consecration of a new Afarganyu for the Ustad Saheb Behramshah Nowroji Shroff Daremeher


Readers of Frashogard would recall that I had written about the deeply mystical significance of the Afarganyu which holds the Atash Padshahs in our Agiaries and Atash Behrams when detailing the life story of Dastur Mulla Feroze. The wisdom displayed by Dastur Mulla Feroze and Mulla Kaus while constructing the Dadyseth Atash Behram at Mumbai was described in detail in that post.

Ever since I wrote that article, there arose in me a great desire to replicate the copper Afarganyu for our Ustad Saheb Behramshah Nowroji Shroff Daremeher. This was made all the more necessary since the existing Afarganyu, which had been fabricated in German silver was of poor workmanship and also shook violently due to improper levelling. The task was made difficult because there are very few fabricators left who agree to work in copper……

….I am thankful to Mr. Homi Zaiwalla and Mr. Parvez Karbhari, both employees of Godrej who worked and coordinated tirelessly with the vendor to deliver a superbly crafted Afarganyu on time. I am also grateful to the 26 residents of Behram Baug who silently gave generous sums of money to defray the cost of the Afarganyu. In keeping with our philosophy of silent and anonymous charity, no inscription or wordings have been etched on the Afarganyu. Instead two small copper plates were placed inside the Afarganyu which state the Roj and Mah of the consecration and enthronement, in Gujarati and English. In the future, if the Padshah Saheb is ever lifted, then whoever does so would realise how and when the Afarganyu was made.

May the new Afarganyu offer faithful service to the Padshah Saheb for many years to come.

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