In search of Mumbai's Agiaries

Nov 06, 2013, 13:43 IST | Dhara Vora

Bawatips, the fun Parsi Facebook community, has started a new photography project on Instagram called The Agiary Project, in a bid to list every agiary in the city

Just in time for Jamshed-e-Navroz, the Parsi New Year; Bawatips, the Parsi social networking community, has started a photography project to document the agiaries in the city.

Dadysett Agiary at Fort
Dadysett Agiary at Fort

An idea by one of the community’s founders, Viktor Daruwala, The Agiary Project calls for all photo and Bawa enthusiasts to snap a picture of any agiary (the Parsi place of worship) they spot and post it on Instagram with a #TheAgiaryProject tag.

Howmuz Bana, founder of Bawatips, says, “There are two types of Parsi worship places -- Atash Behram, which is a bigger temple and the Agiary. There are a total of eight Atash Behrams in the country, but there are several Agiaries. One can’t just go and construct a Parsi place of worship,as there are several rituals one needs to perform and different criteria have to be met. We wanted to find out how many are out there, hence, Viktor started the initiative. Those who upload the picture can also put a GPS tag so that we know the location of the place. With this photo project we hope to have a compilation of many of them.”  

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