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Nauroz, the day that marks the beginning of the Persian Calendar’s New Year, will be celebrated on March 21, primarily by Iranis and Parsis. On this day, Parsis attend special prayers at their temples, after which they celebrate with fervour – and good food. This year, like those before it, the small yet impressive agyari (fire temple) in Rawalpindi will be frequented by the city’s Parsi community.
Rawalpindi’s one and only fire temple… This is Rawalpindi’s only Parsi temple, and is located near a bustling commercial pocket on Murree Road, one of Rawalpindi’s primary thoroughfares. Built in 1898 by a Parsi merchant family, this single-storey structure is pale peach in colour and has white doors. It is located in a compound with plenty of trees; a well-planned graveyard is located within the compound. Continue reading