Monday, 20 October 2014

The 8 day cultural trip to Iran - "Iranian Treasures" - (Day 7 morning cont.) - Yazd, the Zoroastrian Fire Temple - The 22nd of September 2014

Set within a garden the column portico house where the Zoroastrian temple is located, which also provides accommodation for pilgrims is said to have been built in 1934. On its façade the fravahr (the winged anthropomorphic figure could be seen).

This Zoroastrian symbolic representation depicts a man (symbol of the soul and spirit) standing. He is holding one hand up in a praying attitude, whilst he his fastening a ring on the other to carry out the promise of doing the good. The wings divided in three layers symbolise the thought, the word and the action. He seems to be coming out of a circle which symbolises the passage from evil to good and the ascending path towards the divine. The lower part of his body signifies the evil and the two protuberances reinforce the existence of both evil and good.  

The little temple Museum is not much more than a simple room, whose importance lies on the sacred flame, protected by a glass screen to prevent pollution from people's breathing, which has been burning since 470 CE, having been transferred from Nahid-e-pars temple in India. 


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