Tomb of Baba Yadegar, a national heritage in Kermanshah Province

Kermanshah Province not only has many ancient and natural attractions, but is one of the regions that have a considerable variety of customs. The existence of different ethnicities with their own culture and ideas shows the social maturity of this region of Iran.

In the north of Sarpol-e Zahab, in Zardeh village, there is a tomb belonging to a sect called “Yarsan” or “Ahl-e Haq“, which, in addition to its spiritual aspect, is also known as one of the sites of this region, persiaplanet.com reported.

Surrounded by Kouh-e-Kamar in the north, Rijab rural district in the south, Dalahu Mountain in the east, and Dasht-e Zahab in the west, Zardeh has seventeen springs and two aqueducts.

More than 1,200 inhabitants of Zardeh village speak in one of Kurdish dialects, Hawrami. They are farmers, ranchers, and gardeners. Around this village, oak, pomegranates, walnuts, ash, olives, almonds, figs, cloves, cotoneaster, speedwells, and garden cress can be found.

Baba Yadegar Tomb is located at the end of the road leading to Rijab village; depending on the road conditions and the amount of traffic, you can travel by car to the vicinity of the tomb. This tomb is located in a beautiful valley among the old cypress and oak trees. In a corner of the space around the tomb there is a spring water that is used as a blessing.

Being registered on the list of the national heritage of Iran, this tomb is situated near the Yazdgerd Castle, and it is situated on the hillside of Takht Saraneh Mountain.

It is a chahartaqi (an architectural design consisting of four barrel vaults and a dome) monument, with a foursquare plan and a dome. All walls are made of bricks and are seven meters long. It is clear that it has been renovated recently and there are white stone veneers on the facades. Its door is installed in the eastern ivan (porch), decorated with mirror work from the Qajar dynasty.

Baba Yadegar was one of the elders of the Yarsan sect, founded by Sultan Ishaq. The supporters and followers of the Yarsan sect are called ‘the people of truth’.

Baba Yadegar was one of the great disciples of Sultan Ishaq and, at his command, he traveled from Iraq to Pakistan and India to promote and spread the new religion of Yarsan. Later, Baba Yadegar’s burial place was turned into a tomb by his students, who went to this tomb on different occasions to perform ceremonies and their traditional and religious rites.

In the area around the tomb there are a number of buildings that are often used for religious ceremonies and the cooking of votive food. Visiting the tomb is open to the public, but it is necessary to observe its etiquette. An important etiquette is to enter the tomb without shoes.