Tuesday, December 18, 2007

[Traditional Zs] Re: Salgreh of some Atashbehram/Agiaries/Dadgahs in the coming days (of Tir mah)

From: Tehemton B. Adenwalla
Date: Dec 17, 2007 2:51 PM
Subject: Re: [Traditional Zs] Re: Salgreh of some
Atashbehram/Agiaries/Dadgahs in the coming days (of Tir mah)
To: TZML <TraditionalZarathushtris@yahoogroups.com>

Baname Khuda!

Dear brother Khushroo,

Very good report.

It seems the buildings themselves are being deserted, but the Atash
Padshah Sahebs are given a new house.

Nothing wrong in itself, we are still doing good as long as we take
care of consecrated Atashes.
The kathi supply problem you mentioned is to be handled on a
war-footing basis, it seems.

Perhaps our Mr Rustom Chothia, who manages a kathi fund can comment on
how to assure kathi supply to these far-flung Agiaries and Dadgahs.

Your writing about Ellav was very apt. This is where the Elavias come from.
From Kudiana hail the Kudianiwallas and from Olpad hail the Olpadiwallas.

In your future trips, could you arrange to have a small (digital)
camera so that you can take some photos of these places and share them
with us on TZML.

You will be surprised as to how many Zarathushtis indirectly get TZML
emails by them being forwarded by their friends.

Good information and deals on digital cameras and other
electronic/electrical appliances can be found on this very useful site

Do keep up the good work, this is our collective faraz (duty) and lets
see how we can best mitigate these problems.

Perhaps some common-sense solutions and direction action bypassing
bureaucracy could be the solution.

Lets take name of Behram Yazad and pray for Victory in these matters.

Tehemton B. Adenwalla

On 12/17/07, KHUSHROO PASTAKIA wrote:
> KSHNO THARO AHURE MAZDAO (Victory of Pak Dadar Ahuramazda),
> Thanks a lot for informing the Salgreh information one day earlier, so I could visit the Elav Adarian, which is now converted into Dadgah.
> Elav is around 40 Kms. from Surat and surprisingly there was no visitor on the Salgreh day, as per the feedback from its caretaker Mr. Jemi Patel. He told that there are only 2 families remaining and there was no Kathi left. Well I will ensure for the supply of immediate Kathi, but the future of this Adaryan is once again doubtful.
> Once upon a time Elav was well known for big PROSPEROUS Parsee community and where every house was blessed with extremely good wealth, when one enters Elav, there is a big school in the name of Ratanshaw Koyaji, which itself shows the past glory, but thereafter everyone went off for Foreign destinations and now there is nobody left to take care of the Dadgah Saheb.
> While returning back to Surat, we also visited to Olpad Dadgah Saheb and that was my most miserable visit to any Adaryan / Dadgah Sahebs. Huge property, but like a KHANDAR, walls with big holes and swinging bricks, just waiting to fall upon. Only three families left in Olpad and nobody to take care of the Dadgah Saheb, except of one family and one never knows when the building will fall down, its in EXTREMELY poor condition. As per the feedback from that family, next month they are shifting the Dadgah Saheb in Surat's Shahenshahi Atashbehram. One more Dadgah Saheb getting closed and the same is the position of Kudiana Dadgah Saheb, nearby Olpad at the verge of closure.
> With best regards,
> Khushroo A. Pastakia

Salgreh of Illav Dadgah on Marespand roj, Tir mah, YZ 1377 (which is Sun, 16th Dec 2007)

From: Tehemton B. Adenwalla
Date: Dec 16, 2007 4:25 PM
Subject: Salgreh of Illav Dadgah on Marespand roj, Tir mah, YZ 1377
(which is Sun, 16th Dec 2007)
To: TZML <TraditionalZarathushtris@yahoogroups.com>

Baname Khuda!

Dear Zarathushti humdins,

today on Marespand roj of Tir mah is the Salgreh of the Dadgah at
Illav in the Bharuch district of Surat.

The Seth Jamshedji Burjorji Mistry Daremeher (Dadgah) was consecrated
in the year YZ 1239 (AD 1869) and is hence 138 years old.

What a feat!

Mr. Giara's book, 1st edition, page 90 mentions about this Dadgah and
says that its Salgreh is on roj Amardad, mah Tir; whereas a Parsi
calendar says it is on Marespand roj, Tir mah.

Could someone please clarify the exact Salgreh roj and mah.

The same page also shows the photo of the dadgah, it is not very
healthy looking building.

Perhaps some charitable institution or individual would look into it,
esp since there are only 4 Parsis living there.

Or an individual with generous disposition could help. Instead of
celebrating a lagan or naojote in a family with lot of dhoom-dham and
huge expenses on flowers and decorations, it could be done in a more
simple manner, and the proceeds could go towards the uplift of such
far-flung agiaries and dadgahs. It will certainly be a naojote or
lagan to remember, plus an additional bonus of satisfaction of
committing a good deed. Anyway Parsis need no lesson in charity, hence
this is only a suggestion.

I was inspired to write the above when a non-Parsi friend recently
celebrated his only daughter' first birthday with extreme simplicity.
Even though they could afford a lavish spread, he humbly told me that
they donated the money for a charitable cause.

Long like sakhavat in Parsi and non-Parsi hearts!

Tehemton B. Adenwalla