Iran Travel Guide | Zoroastrians of Iran
Zoroastrians have places of worship called “fire” or “Adrian” for worship. The fire extinguisher is kept in a special place surrounded by glass. The oldest fire that is lit today in Zoroastrian religious sites is held in the Yazd Archives. In general, among the ancient religions of Iran, the Zoroastrians have not only long been involved in the development of the civilization of this region. Rather, after the conscious acceptance of the sacred religion of Islam by the majority of Iranians and its spread in the Iranian lands. Also, they have always continued to sympathize with their fellow Muslims and play a major role in the development and construction of Iran.
The first modern banker, the founder of Modern Irrigation, and the father of new urban development in Iran were Zoroastrians. Though in a number of cities, Zoroastrians established the first power plants and telephone lines. At present, Zoroastrians in Iran can be considered the second-largest non-Muslim population in terms of numbers. According to some statistics, their population is about 45000, which is scattered in most cities of Iran, but more concentrated in Tehran, Kerman, Yazd, Shiraz, Isfahan, Zahedan, and Ahvaz.
Shrine of King Verharam Yazd
One of these places is the Shrine of King verharam Yazd. Today in Kerman, Muslims also visit the shrine of King Verharam and call it “Pierre Morteza Ali”. Zoroastrians also have sacred places called Piran, the most famous of which is Yazd. These places are attributed to the Sassanian princes. After the Arab invasion of Iran, many of these princes sought refuge in the wilderness.
This building is on the list of Yazd contemporary architectural monuments. In November 1313 AH with the donation capital of the Indian Persian Association was built on a donated land under the supervision of Lord Jamshid Amanat. The main building was built two meters above ground level in the middle of a large courtyard full of cedar and pine trees. At the entrance axis of the building on the south side, there is a large round basin that reflects the fresher picture and the stone slabs of the mansion.
Pir Sabz (Checks) Ardakan
The shrine is forty-eight kilometers from Yazd city, on the Tabas Road, between the Ardakan and Anjireh Mountains. This place is called “Chek cheko” because of the steep slope of its rocky mountains. The Zoroastrians believe in this shrine and consider it sacred and have built numerous monuments for the pilgrims. Because of its location in the midst of the high mountains, this place has a special beauty, distance and beauty.
The Zoroastrians also call this place “pierced” and on the third day of July until the 10th they go there for pilgrimage and sacrifice and slaughter sheep.
Pierre Koushk, Maryam abad
Koushk Shrine, located 500 meter from the city of Yazd, between the city and Maryam Abad. The remains of the fortress and its former palace still exist, and sometimes historical objects and tools can be found here. This place is also called “Koushki burner”.
The Zoroastrians say that the shrine had been converted into a mosque for a while and had an altar, and that it was rebuilt after the Zoroastrians came back.
Pirmorad (Chelchero), Qasem Abad
Also known as “Pier Chelchro and Chelcheragh”, it is located in the southeast of Yazd, in the vicinity of Abshahi village, about five kilometers from Yazd. In this inn, the fortress is clayey and the pilgrims pour oil on it. As this place is attached to the fireplace, the food also cook here and give it to the poor.
Pir Mehr Yazd, Abshahi
Abshahi, whose ancient name is Nae’em Abad, is located on the right side of the Yazd Road to Kerman, southeast of Yazd, about five kilometers from the city. Abshahi in the ninth century AH was the name of the gardens of Naim Abad and gradually became the whole of it. In Abshahi there are two Zoroastrian shrines; one called the Old Mehr Yazd, whose building is broken and in ruins and was the focus of Zoroastrianism.
Narki is a farm on the hillside. It is located about 15 kilometers from the city of Mehriz, in the Sunni Mountains, on a slope called Naraki. Pir Naraki is one of the most important Zoroastrian shrines in Iran, where, like other pilgrimage shrines, the good people built in the second half of the thirteenth century and thereafter made pilgrimages a place of pilgrimage.
Fifteen kilometers southeast of Yazd, on a high-altitude sedimentary mountain called the mountain crypt. There are two tower-like circular stone mansions with a hollow space known as the Zoroastrian court. On the north side of the mountain, there are a number of mud and brick, brick, stone or a combination of the three, with the amenities of their time known as Khileh. The earliest relics of this area are the west side carvings and cellars, dating back to the Safavid era.
The crypt is the place where the Zoroastrians have long been, until about forty years ago, in accordance with their religious principles, cultures, and traditions, and during special ceremonies to prey on the vultures of the surrounding mountains. In the middle of the hollow space is a known as “Storan” where the bones of the corpses were shed.