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PARSI FIRE TEMPLE CELEBRATES 300TH ANNIVERSARY – A SPECIAL REPORT

Parsi-temple-4One of the city’s oldest Zoroastrian fire temples – the Banaji Limji Agiary celebrated its 300th Foundation Day.The Banaji Limji Agiary fire temple situated near Akbarallys showroom is one of the oldest monument of the city and very recently it entered its 300th year of existence. According to Parsi historian PP Balsara, Parsis came to Mumbai around the year 1538 and were active in spreading the message of their religion. With this very motive, Seth Banaji Limji in 1709 built a fire temple opposite Akbarallys. With round arches and pilasters bearing Corithian capitals, this temple is now the oldest fire temple in Mumbai with hundreds of visitors visiting everyday. We spoke to some of the Parsi devotees on this day. Parsis first moved from Surat to Mumbai whose numbers increased from 3000 in 1780 to 10000 in 1810. With rise in their population more and more fire temples were built across the city.Today there are 47 fire temples in Mumbai among which only 13 have been granted heritage status. Only 4 temples have been given grade 2 which gives them complete protection from any kind of major changes in their fa

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