Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram informs us about the passing away of the holy Varasyaji, and a fascinating primer on the importance of Varsyaji in Zoroastrian religion and culture.
It is my sad duty to inform readers of Frashogard that the holy Varasyaji ?Shah Behram?, attached to the Bhagarsath Panth in Mumbai and stationed at the Cama Baug Agiary passed away this morning. The Pak Varasyaji had suffered a fall a few days ago and that led to paralysis. Although the best medical care was given to him at the hospital, Shah Behram could not be revived. Shah Behram lived to the very ripe age of 18 years and was older than the Varasyaji of Udvada who passed away last year. Later this morning, the body of Shah Behram was taken to the Dungerwadi grounds where it was buried, after placing a Sudreh and Kusti over its horns.
The Varasyaji is one of the very few holy members of the animal kingdom which is allowed to be buried in the ground. The Anasers (spiritual building blocks which form the basis for DNA and the physical body) of the Varasyaji are so sublime that no pollution is caused in the earth by the burial of its body. Rather the earth eagerly welcomes receiving his body in her. Over many hundreds of years, the sublime Anasers of the Varasyaji will transmute into some precious ore. All other bodies (including humans) need to be exposed to the sunlight for their proper disposal.
The Bhagarsath Anjuman, being mindful of the advancing age of Shah Behram, had procured a suitable spare white bull, who was also housed at the Cama Baug Agiary. Last year, the Pak Varasyaji attached to the Panthaky Panth of Saronda, housed in the Banaji Agiary at Fort suddenly passed away, while a Nirangdin was in progress. At that time, the standby Varasyaji procured by the Bhagarsath Panth was given to the Panthaky Panth to tide over the death of the elder Varasyaji, since a number of Nirangdins were scheduled in that period at the Banaji Agiary.
A condition was however attached by the Bhagarsath Panth that the Panthaky Panth would look for a replacement on an urgent basis and give a suitable bull as and when found. Shortly thereafter, a suitable bull was procured from the region on Dahanu and given to the Bhagarsath Panth. Now after the demise of Shah Behram, this young bull, aptly named Varzavand, will pass through the elaborate ceremonies of consecrating a Varasyaji spread over several days and become the spiritual heir to Shah Behram.
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