Zoroastrian Fire Temple

Zoroastrian Site in Yazd

The Zoroastrian Fire Temple, also known as Yazd/Bahram/Behram Ateshkadeh, is a temple in Yazd, to the west of Yazd in Iran. A fire temple in Zoroastrianism is the place of worship for Zoroastrians. It is said to be Iran’s only temple housing Atash Bahram.  It was built in 1934 and enshrines the Atash Behram/Bahram, meaning “Victorious Fire”. It is one of the nine Atash Behrams, the only one of the highest grade fire in Iran where Zoroastrians have practiced their religion since 400 BC; the other eight Atash Behrams are in India. The fire inside is said to have been burning since about 470 AD which is visible through a window from the entrance hall. The flame was transferred to Ardakan in 1174, then to Yazd in 1474 and to its present site in 1940. Above the entrance of this building, there is symbolic bird-man which is symbol of Zoroaster.

One hand holds a ring, which symbolizes loyalty, while the other hand is held up to indicate respect. The wings have three layers of feather, reflecting the Zoroastrian belief that you should think, speak and act decently. A pool lies ahead of the entrance. The overall structure is heavily influenced by Parsi fire temples in India.

The plaque at the entrance reads: “This Zoroastrians’ temple was built in 1934 in a site belonged to the Association of the Parsi Zoroastrians of India under the supervision of Jamshid Amanat.

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