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Parsi Fire Temples in Hyderabad

Navroz is a time for rejoicing and get together for members of the Parsi community in Hyderabad. They enjoy the coming of the new year with gaiety and festivities - from morning till late in the evening. New clothes mark this occasion with all the family members visiting the Fire temple for prayers.

Fire Temple in Hyderabad and Secunderabad

There is one Fire temple in Hyderabad  and two in Secunderabad. There are many people belonging to the Parsi community living in Secunderabad too and they attend prayers in these Fire temples regularly.

The fire temple located in Secunderabad is about 104 years old! It was consecrated in September 1847. Repair work was carried out on this temple and it looks beautiful now. 

The Parsi community follows Zoroastrianism and go for prayers in the Parsi Fire temple which is their sacred place of worship. They do not believe in idol worship.

They just meditate in the large hall inside the temple in peace and pray for their well being and for the others. There is enough space inside the temple for congregation, for attending to holy discourses and sermons etc.

Two brothers named Pestonji Meherji and Viccaji Meherji, who were businessmen living in Secunderabad, built this Fire temple with residential buildings and commercial complexes inside the temple premises.  

Fire temple in Hyderabad

Parsi Agiary- 125, Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Kalasiguda, Secunderabad, Telangana 500003. Phone: 040 2784 1766
Timings for Prayer in Fire Temple: 6.00 AM to 7.30 PM every day.

Parsi Fire Temple- Address: Boggulkunta, Abids, Hyderabad, 500001, Phone: 040 2784 1766

Seth Viccaji Seth Pestonji Meherji Parsi Fire Temple- Address: 125, Secunderabad, Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Jawahar Nagar Colony, Hyderabad, Telangana 500003

Other facts about Fire Temples

Fire temples are also known as dar-e mehr or agiary. The fire temples are classified according to the grade of fire housed within them. On these lines, the Fire temples may be classified into Atash Dadgah (lowest grade of sacred fire), Atash Adaran (Fire of fires) and Atash Behram (Fire of victory).

In the Zoroastrian religion, fire and clean water signify purity. The basic structure and architecture of all Fire temples is much the same. Zoroastrian priests do not hold sermons. They also do not preach. Instead, they tend to the fire in the temple.

Parsi Zoroastrian Anjuman of Secunderabad and Hyderabad

The Parsi Zoroastrian Anjuman of Secunderabad and Hyderabad (PZASH) is a Religious Trust functioning under a declaration of trust deed dated 15th December 1941.

Address:  125, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Secunderabad, Telangana – 500 003

Project named Avesthagenome in Twin Cities

In the year 2007, a project named ‘Avesthagenome’ was launched in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Under this project, a Bangalore based firm Avesthagene collected blood samples for studying genetic make-up of Parsi community. 

They also prepared a medical database of the Parsi community as an effort to study why there was an increased incidence of breast cancer cases among women in Parsi community. Parsis do not believe in inter community marriages. There are about 1,200 Parsis in Hyderabad.

Parsi Community in Hyderabad and Secunderabad

People belonging to Parsi community are quite affluent and enterprising. Two or three times in a year they hold 'Gambhar' which brings the affluent and poor Parsis on a common platform. Gambhar is a free feast for any Parsi who wants to attend.

Tower of Silence

Towers of Silence in Hyderabad and Secunderabad

The two 'Towers of Silence' in Hyderabad are located at Bhoiguda and Parsigutta. The Parsi community leave their dead members to the vultures on Towers of Silence. But since nowadays, many vultures are not seen in the sky, solar concentrators are being used by them.

Tower of Silence in Hyderabad- Address: Tower of Silence, Ram Nagar Street Number 10, Amber Nagar, Hyderabad, Telangana 500044

Tower of Silence in Secunderabad-Address: Parsi Gutta Tower of Silence New Bhoiguda, Hyderabad District, Secunderabad, Telangana

Cuisine of the Parsis

Conversion to another religion is not possible among Parsi community. This means, Zoroastrianism is non-proselytic. They have distinct rituals and religious practices, love their food and yes, also enjoy being together for celebrations and prayer.

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