Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Invitation to Salgreh celebration for Surat's Vakil Atashbehram - Sunday, 2007

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From: TZML Admins
Date: Oct 17, 2007 2:56 PM
Subject: Invitation to Salgreh celebration for Surat's Vakil
Atashbehram - Sunday, 2007
To: TZML <>

Baname Khuda!

Dear Zarathushti humdins,

we forward to you all an invitation from the esteemed trustees of
Surat's Vakil Atashbehram to join them in celebrating the 184th
Salgreh ceremony if this venerated Atash Behram Padshah Saheb.

The Salgreh of the Seth Pestonji Kalabhai Vakil Kadmi Atashbehram is
on Ardibehest roj, Khordad Mah, YZ 1377 (which happens to be next
Sunday, 21st October 2007)

An invitation from the esteemed trustees in very delightful and easy
to read Gujarati is enclosed. For those who cannot read Gujarati, a
translation is given below.

Dear humdins, if you are in a position to attend the Salgreh ceremony,
do so and benefit from the Blessings of the Atash Padshah. Plus it
gives you an opportunity to offer sukhad, more importantly kathi and
your prayers to the Atash Padshah. You will also be giving hearty
encouragement to the Surat Parsees and moresoever to the organisers of
the Salgreh function.

Please remember that Surat, along with Udvada and Navsari, are
regarded as our "dharam ni tekri" (Peak places of our religion). Many
a choost Dasturji and Ervad Saheb have been given to the community
from these religious and pavitra places. Let us never forget that
before we came to Mumbai, we were based for about 1000 years mainly in
Gujarat. And also lets not forget that Gujarati is our mother-tongue,
however badly it may be spoken by the youngsters.

The text of the Invitation is given below.

We do hope you will respond favourably to this community celebration.

With best wishes,
from The TZML Admins (see below)


The Seth Pestonji Kalabhai Vakil Atashbehram's Salgreh ceremony will
be held on roj Ardibehest, mah Khordad, YZ 1377 (which is Sunday, 21st
October 2007) beginning with a Jashan at 9:30 am. All Zarathushtis are
invited to the same.

All Athravan Sahebs (Dasturjis, Ervad Sahebs, Mobeds, Naavar-Martab
Sahebs, Naavar Sahebs) too are invited to this Jashan ceremony.

(Bai) Goolbai H. Vakil has organised the lunch ceremony for
Zarathushti ladies and children. From the pious funds of her late
father Ervad Minocheher Ratanshah Sorabkhan and late mother Putlibai
Minocheher Sorabkhana, all Zarathushtis men, women and children of
Surat and elsewhere are invited for lunch at the Atashbehram premises
between 10:30 am and 1:00 pm.

In the evening there will be a jashan at 5:00 pm. We request all
Zarathushtis to grace the jashans and the partaking of lunch.

Hormasji Faramroje Vakil
Burjor Nusservanji Vakil
Ratan Noshir Gyara
Hoshi Hirji Malgam

Joint Managing Trustees:

Homi Nusservanji Vakil
Burzin Noshir Chiniwalla

Seth Pestonji Kalabhai Vakil Kadmi Atashbehram


Monday, October 8, 2007

Salgrehs of Agiaries on Behram roj, Ardibehest mah, YZ 1377 ( Mon, 8th Oct 2007)

From: Tehemton B. Adenwalla
Date: Oct 8, 2007 5:21 AM
Subject: Salgrehs of Agiaries on Behram roj, Ardibehest mah, YZ 1377 (
Mon, 8th Oct 2007)

Baname Khuda!

Fellow Zarathushtis,

today is Behram roj of Ardibehest mah, YZ 1377 (Mon, 8th Oct 2007).

On this day is the Salgreh of these agiaries:

* Seth Hormusji Banaji Wadia Adarian, (housed in the premises of the
Wadiaji Atashbehram), Mumbai

It was consecrated on Behram roj, Ardibehest mah, YZ 1175 ( 26 Nov
1805) and is 202 years old.

* Minocher Homji Agiary, Navsari
It was consecrated on Behram roj, Ardibehest mah.
Mr. Giara's book mentions that the original fire was established way
back in YZ 1057 (AD 1686), which makes it 320 years old.

It was again consecrated on 10 May 1862.

Yet again, it was re-consecrated on Behram roj, Ardibehest mah, YZ
1268, which makes it 109 years old.

Could we stick to the original date of YZ 1057, and make it 320 years old.

What exactly happens when an Adarian is re-consecrated, does its
original birthdate fade.

What is the exact ceremony for re-consecrating an Adarian.

Will some Mobeds or Ervad Sahebs or scholars please throw light on
this important topic since many times we encounter an instance of

* Mullan Anjuman Daremeher, Nagpur
Do we have any residents from Nagpur who may send us a photo or
write-up of this agiary.

Lets pray that our Holy Fires in Atashbehrams, Agiaries and Dadgahs,
and the ones in our households too be live till Eternity and continue
to bless us and the whole world at large.

Lets look after our Holy Fires in the best way we can. If we are Ervad
Sahebs then we have different responsibilities than behdins. Behdins
too can help in the up look of Agiaries by offering their secular
services. If they are accountants, lawyers, mechanical/structural
engineers, electrical engineers, architects, doctors, computer/IT
professional, or even housewives --- humdins can help in the upkeep of
the Agiaries. Those of us who have the time and inclination should
volunteer to be on the Trustee Boards of agiaries.

Agiaries need maintenance and services of all the above professionals
one time or another. Even doctors could look after the Ervad Sahebs
and see that they are in good health.

We can also contribute financially to the Kathi Funds set up by
dedicated gentlemen like Mr. Rustom C. Chothia and thereby ensure that
our Holy Fires get their nourishment. (Incidentally, Mr. Chothia's
Kathi Appeal is broadcasted on TZML every month on the 2nd)

Best wishes to all on Behram roj.

Tehemton B. Adenwalla