Dear ZTFE Members & Well-wishers
Shapoorji Pallonji and Company Private Limited are pleased to announce the release of ‘Iranshah A Legacy Restored’, a book about the heritage restoration of the Iranshah Ātash Behram. This Fire Temple is the house of our most revered, oldest and continuously burning fire, consecrated 1,300 years ago, and is the principal place of worship of the Parsi, Irani Zoroastrian faith and community. The Iranshah Ātash Behram building was constructed 130 years ago and consecrated on 31st October 1894, in Udwada, a town within the state of Gujarat, in India. A decision was taken to build a visual record and provide comprehensive data to aid future restorations, and hence the book captures the extensive structural restoration by Shapoorji Pallonji, of the Fire Temple and buildings in its campus, recoding work as it unfolded, revealing unrecorded discoveries of interventions to the structures and the process for conservation of the art and antiquity. Along with technical details, the book also gives a glimpse of life in the sleepy coastal town of Udwada, the significance of a consecrated fire, a brief introduction of the Zoroastrian religion and glances at the cultural practices of a community that has made India their home for the last 1300 years, “The restoration of the Ātash Behram is in gratitude to the legacies our priests have preserved, and the book is a tribute to everyone who has toiled on this restoration project,” says Shapoor Mistry, Chairman, Shapoorji Pallonji And Company Pvt Ltd. We are grateful for the valuable support we received from scholars of Zoroastrianism to make this book an insightful volume for posterity. And many skills and much enthusiasm was found within our teams at Shapoorji Pallonji, to take this book from conceptualisation, to writing and designing, to production and publishing. Published by Shapoorji Pallonji, the book is available for anyone interested in exploring a volume of visuals, scripted with a narrative on Zoroastrian heritage. The book may be purchased in India for INRs 3000 from: https://amzn.eu/d/3lAuSfh for delivery in India. https://pagdandi.org/product/iranshah-a-legacy-restored/ for Global deliveries - for UK add INRs 1800. Also sold in Bookstores at : Mumbai: Kitab Khana Tel: +91 22 61702276 / 77 / 78
Parsiana Book Shop Tel: +91 22 22074347 / 4335 Pune: Pagdandi Tel: +91 7755908525
Udwada: Zoroastrian Museum & Information Centre Tel: +91 9909796422
Yours sincerely, Zarin Amrolia Deputy General Manager, Group Communications Shapoorji Pallonji and Company Private Limited
Portrait of Bai Motlibai Manockjee Wadia at the Iranshah Atash Behram.