One of the festivities of Yazd is the peaceful coexistence of religions in it. The followers of different religions live tranquility in this beautiful city and have good and sincere relationships. You can see this from various religious buildings in Yazd.
in the heart of the city, the Zoroastrian fire temple of Yazd is self-expanding, and in some neighborhoods on the other side, you can see Yazd mosque
in our Iran tourism blog, we want to step into the world of Zoroastrians and look at one of their most important religious buildings
Where is a fire temple?
The fire temple is a Zoroastrian sanctuary in which a fire has a special place there and the most important religious prayers happen, like reading the Avesta against the fire.
The Zoroastrian fire temple of Yazd is one of the sanctuaries built during the first Pahlavi era and has great value. This place is also known as the name of the Varhoram fire temple.
The Zoroastrian fire temple of Yazd history
84 years ago, the Pahlavi king expressed his satisfaction with the construction of a fire temple in Yazd so that Zoroastrians would enjoy a magnificent temple. In November of that year, a Persian Zoroastrian considered a fund to build here and selected a plot for this work.
Persian engineers drafted the map and Arbab Jamshid was entrusted with the management and supervision of its construction. He wrote in his memoirs that he visited India five times to convey the satisfaction of the Indian Persian Society - a group of Iranian Zoroastrians - to pay for the construction of the Varhoram Fire Temple.
four times with steamships through the Indian Ocean and once with The foot and camels from Balochistan ranges of Iran and Pakistan.
The Zoroastrian fire temple of Yazd architecture
By Passing through at the entrance to the Zoroastrian fire temple of Yazd, you'll see a pond in front of the main building. One of the characteristics of fire temples is the presence of water next to them, which is seen in the structure of all these buildings.
From time immemorial, fireplaces were simple and glamorous buildings, and usually, no decorations were seen in either of them. The Zoroastrian fire temple of Yazd follows the same rule and is inspired by the architecture of the Persian Temple of India and the Achaemenid era in Iranian architecture, especially the Persepolis.
The main building of the fire temple has been designed to maximize the benefits of sunlight and thus retain much energy. Upon entering the building, we see the walls adorned with Zoroaster images and sentences from the Avesta Holy book, and shortly afterward we can see Varhoram holy fire.
The Fravashi look
One of the most attractive decorations of the Zoroastrian fire temple of Yazd is the Fravashi which highlights the entrance.
The Fravashi is one of the angels from the spiritual world, which, according to the Zaraostrians beliefs, exists before the creation of the creatures, and after their death and destruction, goes up to the universe and stays there. This angel, which can be called the essence of life, is immortal and never fades away
Varhoram holy fire
One of the reasons why the Zoroastrian fire temple of Yazd is the maintenance of the Varhoram holy fire, which is more than 1500 years old and has many sanctities with followers of Zoroastrianism.
During the ceremony, this fire is cleaned up 1128 times, and only the Priest can attend the ceremony, which has undergone the most difficult stages of purification. At each clean-up, dry seven-year-old wood is burned to the fire, and when the fire burns it, they see it as a one-time clean sign.
This fire must always remain bright because it belongs to all people based on religious beliefs and everyone has shares in it.
Visiting Varhoram holy fire
You can see the sacred fire in the Zoroastrian fire temple of Yazd. This fire is stored in a large bronze cup and a glass compartment and is located somewhere taller than the ground. The holy fire is in a vast room away from the sun, and there are rooms for the worship ceremony around it.
Visitors can see the fire behind the glass because human breath should not touch clean fire. The brightness of this fire is attractive to all tourists; they also smell a bit of fire behind the glass jar.
Entering rules to Yazd fire temple
The fire temple of Yazd is a sacred place and there is an admission to enter it that your guide in your Iran tour should tell you:
- *Men and women should be clean when entering this place.
- *The sanctity of this place among Zoroastrians is like a mosque among Muslims, and women in particular periods cannot enter it.
- *Zoroastrian men wear white hats when they arrive, and women wear white scarves with brightly colored dresses and take off their shoes.
- *No one should approach the sacred fire because the human soul infects it.
More information about the Zoroastrian fire temple of Yazd:
Address: Atashkade alley – Ayatollah Kashani street – Yazd province - Iran
Summer: 8:30 – 12 / 16:30 – 20:30
Winter: 8:30 – 12 / 15 - sunset
Closure times: Fridays
Cost for foreign nationals: 150,000 IRR
Suggested visit time: about 1 hour
Phone number: -
Nearest Tourist Attractions: Cultural museum of Zoroastrian - Shish Badgiri Ab Anbar
Best time to visit: Spring – Autumn
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