The Sacred Fire of Adaran.

The Sacred Fire of Adaran.

Recent Bombay exchanges contain accounts of the consecration there of a new temple erected for the reinstatement of the sacred Adaran fire. The fire was installed in 1733 by Manockjee Nowrojee Shett. The old building showing signs of decay, it was replaced by a new one at a cost of about a lakh of rupees by Jalbhoy Ardeseer, the eighth lineal descendant of the founder. It is built in the ancient Persian style of architecture. A flame, before it falls into one of the three recognized classes o Parsee sacred fires in India, has to undergo certain ceremonials corresponding to the dignity of the order to which it is destined to belong. Thus, only a thirtieth pari roughly of the expenditure and religious reflation would be required to consecrate a Dadgan fire that are necessary when a Beheram fire is intended to be installed. The most ancient fire at present in India is at the secluded village of Oodwada, near Bulsar, and the 1’arsees make it a point to repair to the Beheram fire there in large numbers during the months which are specially allotted to the presiding genius of fire. It was consecrated about twelve centuries ago by the ancestors of the present Parsecs in commemoration of the voyage they had in their emigration from Persia to India. The priests vowed to institute the fire in the event of their ships landing them in safety on Indian soil. The fire is fed at five stated times during each twenty-four hours with sandal wood, benzoine and quantities of other odorous materials as well as with very dry fuel. Next in rank to the Beheram fire is the Adaran. the one reinstated recently in Bombay. It is placed in a targe silver censer, estimated to have cost about 7000 rupees. The hall in which it is placed could not be entered except by the officiating priest or his immediate assistant. While the building was under construction the Adaran fire was removed to a place set apart for the purpose and for the use of the piiests in charge. All the arrangements for the removal and reinstatement to the new temple were made under the directions of the hereditary priest officiating in the temple. After the ceremony was over one of the priests read, on behalf of the priestly community making use of the fire temple, an address of congratulation to Jalbhoy Ardeseer, and presented him with a flower vase as a memento of the occasion. The majority of the l’arsees then adjourned to partake of the “chasnee,” which meant the tasting of sacred wine, fruit, milk and other edibles over which prayers had been recited.

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