Video from Timeline - World History Documentaries
"Iran is one of the earth’s final frontiers. It’s a country little visited by western travellers in recent years, yet it has been at the centre of world affairs for millennia. I wanted to take a peek “behind the veil” of modern-day Iran. What I discovered was a complex, incredibly hospitable people living in a much-misunderstood country at the heart of a troubled region. My journey takes me from the bustle of Tehran, via the Valley of the Assassins to ancient cities unchanged since Marco Polo first entered them eight centuries ago. But this isn’t just a journey through an ancient landscape. It’s a journey in search of one of the world’s least known religious sects ... the ancient Fire Worshippers Of Yazd.' from video introduction.
"What do Zoroastrian believe in?
Does Zoroastrian Fire Purify and Leave Everything Clean? There are several Zoroastrian Fire Temple in different cities of Iran. According to Zoroastrian beliefs, the fire lit on a stone, which burned the thorns and debris and also the serpent. At that time, a sound from Houshang Shah (king) addressed the grandson of Kiomars:
“This light is the manifestation of God and consider it as Zoroastrian Qibla.”
Houshang Shah is the ancient Zoroast Iranian Prophet. Thereupon, the king built a building and put a fire in it “Adr Vardad” or “Azar Horotat”, which was the oldest Zoroastrian Fire Temple in ancient Iran. After that, he lit a big fire and ordered to celebrate it every year, “Sadeh Ceremony“. The origins of this ceremony is not clear, and there is no reference to this ceremony in the sacred texts of Zoroastrianism. However, some historians suggest that the ceremony predates Zoroastrianism, the world’s oldest monotheistic religion.
Architecture of Zoroastrian Fire Temple Yazd Iran
The architectural style of the fire temple, reflects the architecture of Persian fire temples of India, which is about 21 meters above the ground. In 1313 AH, “Arbab Jamshid”, one of the rich Zoroastrian merchants in Qajar era, persuaded Zoroastrian Persians of India to build a fire temple. The paintings of the pharaohs and the stone capitals have given the building a special beauty. Tile masters from Yazd made Farvahar picturesque tiles above the entrance. Inside the building, you see the pictures of Zoroaster and quotations from the Avesta Bible on the walls." from the article: YAZD ZOROASTRIAN FIRE TEMPLE