News ID: 318562
Published: 1129 GMT December 08, 2021

Pir-e-Sabz, ancient Zoroastrian fire temple in Yazd Province

Pir-e-Sabz, ancient Zoroastrian fire temple in Yazd Province
atlasobscura.com

Pir-e Sabz is one of the most sacred Zoroastrian shrines left in the world. The fire temple is located in a hamlet by the name of Chak Chak, which literally means “drip drip,” in reference to the freshwater spring inside the temple.

Located near the city of Ardakan in the central province of Yazd, Chak Chak serves as a place of pilgrimage for pious Zoroastrians.

Pir-e-Sabz is perched on the steep cliff of a barren desert mountain, and it is surrounded by a handful of sun-scorched houses, atlasobscura.com wrote.

All around these mountains is the desert that covers central Iran and extends all the way to Afghanistan and Pakistan. The view of the desert from Chak Chak is impressive — mysterious and ominous when visibility is low, and breath-taking and exhilarating when the air is clear — and the view reveals how remote this location truly is.

Pir-e Sabz Fire Temple consists of a manmade cavern with two large bronze doors at the entrance. The walls of the temple have been blackened by the fire that is kept burning in the temple at all times, as Zoroastrian tradition prescribes.

On the walls is a panoply of Zoroastrian iconography, including portraits of Ahura Mazda, the highest deity of Zoroastrianism, and spear-clenching guardians similar to those found in Persepolis, in southwestern province of Fars.

In the center of the cavern, an intricate set of metal trays in the shape of a flower offers different types of incense to be burnt in honor of Ahura Mazda.

 

   
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