Book on the life of the Master released

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Roj Rashne Mah Avan, 1380 Yz.

Last Sunday was a day of hectic events. Roj Khorshed Mah Avan marked the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Ustad Saheb Behramshah Nowroji Shroff Daremeher. From the previous day and early morning, volunteers were seen making last minute cleaning and festooning each door of the Daremeher with garlands. At 6:30 am the Havan Gah Machi weighing 5kgs was offered by the Trustees of the Zoroastrian Radih Society to the Padshah Saheb. The Salgreh ...

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Goodbye, my dear Bhimsen

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Roj Adar Mah Sherevar, 1380 Yz.

It is my sad duty to write a few words in memory of a friend who stood by me, through thick and thin, through joy and tragedy, through ups and downs for the last 25 years. Like many thousands of Indians, I grieve today the loss of my best friend and elder brother (Anna), Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, who has gone to the Abode of Songs, where there is no pain and distress, just endless celestial ...

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Varsi of Vada Dasturji Meherjirana observed

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Roj Dae-pa-Adar Mah Sherevar, 1380 Yz.

The Siroza and Varsi days for late Vada Dasturji Meherji Dastur Kekobad Meherjirana was observed on Roj Amardad and Dae-pa-Adar respectively (22nd and 23rd January). The detailed ceremonies appropriate to the occasion were carried out at the Ustad Saheb Behramshah N. Shroff Daremeher in Jogeshwari, Mumbai by a team of Mobed Sahebs led by myself.

In addition, prayers and ceremonies were also held at Vada Dasturji’s house and at the Bhagarsath Atash Behram in Navsari.

In the ...

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The mystery of Gustad Merwanji Hathiram

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Roj Amardad Mah Tir, 1380 Yz.

The three men knelt before Pope Pius XI, thanking God for their luck so far, and asking for blessings from the pontiff for their onward travails. It was 15th October, 1924. Dressed in khakis, Gustad Hathiram, Keki Pochkhanawala and Adi Hakim were once again at the outset of a dare – one in a series of adventures that had started off exactly one year ago, from the dusty streets of Gowalia Tank, Mumbai, from where ...

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The illustrious lives of Dastur Mulla Kaus and Mulla Feroze – part 4

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Roj Mohor Mah Khordad, 1380 Yz.

Meanwhile, when Dastur Mulla Kaus proceeded to Hyderabad, Seth Dadibhai Nosherwanji appointed his son Mulla Feroze as the second Dastur of the Kadmis in Mumbai in 1794. Mulla Feroze was destined to have a career even more illustrious than his late father. He immersed himself in deep study of Avesta, Pahlavi, Persian and wrote many books and treatises, gathering in the process a library full of priceless manuscripts. His habits and living style were in ...

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The illustrious lives of Dastur Mulla Kaus and Mulla Feroze – part 3

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Roj Sherevar Mah Khordad, 1380 Yz.

Thanks to spiritually ignorant Trustees and the glare of modernity, the work of Dastur Mulla Kaus and Feroze was undone, when, in order to make the Kebla “more aesthetic and modern”, the sacred Padshah Saheb was shifted for the first time in 1916. As the Mobed Sahebs lifted the Afarganyu from the Khuan, the cotton thread holding the Taaveez under the Khuan broke and seven coins, made of copper and inscribed in a script which ...

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The illustrious lives of Dastur Mulla Kaus and Mulla Feroze – part 2

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Roj Jamyad Mah Ardibehest, 1380 Yz.

Mulla Kaus and Mulla Feroze returned to Surat on 9th February, 1780. Their sponsor and benefactor, Dhunjishah Manjishah was in Mumbai at that time, meeting with an old friend Seth Dadibhai Nosherwanji, later to become famous as “the Great Dadyseth”. Dadibhai was a prosperous landlord and a ship chandler. In addition he had a huge trading business with China, for which he had constructed 5 sailing ships called Shah Ardeshir, King George, Friendship, Brig. William ...

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A tribute to Jehangirji S. Chiniwalla

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Roj Ashtad Mah Ardibehest, 1380 Yz.

Today, 13th October 2010 marks the 37th death anniversary of Seth Jehangirji S. Chiniwalla, the lion of Ilm-e-Khshnoom. A few words in his memory would be apt to let readers of Frashogard know who Jehangirji really was. Here is a photograph of Jehangirji.

Jehangir Chiniwalla low res

The 19th century brought with it great challenges to our religion. Hundreds of years of carefully preserved traditions, culture and practices were sought to ...

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The illustrious lives of Dastur Mulla Kaus and Dastur Mulla Feroze – part 1

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Roj Dae-pa-Din Mah Ardibehest, 1380 Yz.

The centuries after the Islamic conquest of Iran were a period of untold hardship for the few Zoroastrians who refused to convert to the new religion. In these forgotten years, unbelievable levels of persecution, torture, exploitation and debasement were meted out to our ancestors. In the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, these atrocities surpassed earlier levels. There was a real danger that not only the few Zoroastrians who existed in Iran, but also the valuable ...

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Siroza and Chamsi day of late Vada Dasturji Meherjirana

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Roj Khordad Mah Spendarmad, 1379 Yz.

Tomorrow, Roj Amardad Mah Spendarmad (21st July) will mark the Siroza Chamsi (180th day after death) day of late Vada Dasturji Meherji Dastur Kekobad Meherjirana of Navsari. The day after, Roj Dae-pa-Adar Mah Spendarmad (22nd July) will mark his Chamsi (181st day after death). Prayers to mark both these solemn occasions will be recited at the Ustad Saheb Behramshah Nowroji Shroff Daremeher at Jogeshwari. On the 21st, the prayers will start with the special Siroza ...

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