Zoroastrian Fire Temple of Yazd, Iran
In the city of Yazd, Iran burns a mighty flame. An Atash Behram (Fire of Victory) to be exact. Contained within the Zoroastrian Fire Temple is a flame said to be burning for over 1,500 years- since around 470 A.D. And not just any flame, but the highest grade of fire that can be placed inside the temple of the Zoroastrian faith- drawing its sources from 16 various types of fire, including fire from lightning as well as a cremation pyre.
On our upcoming journeys to Iran in April and October 2015, CCJ and our travelers will visit the site of the atash behram in Yazd, considered one of the most popular pilgrimages in the country, to learn about, discuss and meet with the people who follow this ancient religion.
One of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions, Zoroastrianism was at one time practiced heavily throughout the country of Iran and is said to have been an extremely powerful religion. A well-known aspect of their religion is that fire plays a central role in worship ceremonies. To those who practice this ancient religions, fire represents God’s light or wisdom.
In 2001, the site of the astram behram in Yazd was finally opened to the public and CCJ is honored to be able to take our travelers to this sacred site to learn further about the culture of Zoroastrianism- the rituals, practices and beliefs with hopes this will further facilitate the understanding of the people of Iran.