As you all will be aware, the annual 10 days of Muktad ceremonies will be commencing from this Friday 6th August. As always, we will be conducting the Anusheh Ravan Jashan, three Stum prayers and the five Boi ceremonies each day throughout all ten days of Muktads.
Zoroastrian Centre is Open But Safety Is First As you will have seen from the previous email sent out by the ZTFE Managing Committee, this year is different to other years. Although the Zoroastrian Centre will be open, we request that our members consider very carefully whether their visit is necessary, especially given the recent rise of Covid-19 infections in Harrow and across the country, including a resurgence of hospitalisations and deaths.
Hybrid Muktads We will be continuing to live stream on YouTube all the Anusheh Ravan Jashan ceremonies, evening Stum and the Uziran Gah Boi ceremonies. We will also live stream the Ushahin Gah and the mid-night ceremony on the last Gatha day via YouTube. The live streaming links for the entire 10 days are pasted below at the end of this email.
Jashan Timings The Anusheh Rawan nu Jashan ceremony will commence at around 5:30pm UK Time each day (Monday to Saturday) and at 4:30pm on Sundays and will start by all the Ervad Sahebs in attendance standing and reciting both the Atash Niyash and Doa Nam Satayeshne. After this, all the Ervad Sahebs will take their seats. The ceremony will be officiated by all Ervad Sahebs present on the day. There will be one Ervad Saheb who will be the Zoti / Zaotar - officiating the prayers who will be aided by another Ervad Saheb, Raspi who will be tending the fire. A third Ervad Saheb will be conducting the Farokshi - reciting prayers from the Fravardin Yasht. All other Ervad Sahebs present will join in with the Zoti /Zaotar and Raspi. During the first five days of the Muktads, the Anusheh Rawan nu Jashan will contain three main Kardas, these are Ardafravash, Dahm and Sarosh and during the last 5 days (known as the Gathas) these will be Ardafravash, Gatha and Sarosh. During the first Karda (Ardafravash) each day, the Zoti will invoke around '609' names of the dearly departed, which have been submitted to the ZTFE by members of their family. There will be approximately '205' vases displayed, each having flowers. After these Kardas, the Zoti will recite three Afrins, namely Afrin- E- Ardafravash, Afrin-E-Buzorgan and Afrin- E-Haft Ameshaspand. The Jashan will end with Tandarosti prayers. Once the Jashan ceremony has concluded, we will pray the Stum prayers for our dearly departed. Finally, we will conclude by all praying the Muktad no namaskar, which you will find below:
Muktad no namaskar Az hamā gunāh patet pashemānum. Ashāunām vanguhīsh sūrāo spentāo fravashayō yazamaide. Ashaone Ashem Vohū 1 (Recite three times)
Prayers to be said at home/ when attending during the 10-day Muktad period Several of you have previously asked me, as to what can be prayed by individuals in their home / when attending during these ten days.
An individual can start their prayers by washing their hands, feet and face and doing their Kusti prayers. This is followed by Sarosh Baj and then by the Gah in which they are praying. These are Havan Gah which is prayed from sunrise in the morning till mid-day, a Second Havan Gah known as Biji Havan prayed during from mid-day until 3pm, Uzirin Gah from late afternoon until sunset, Aiwisruthrem Gah after sunset until midnight and Ushahen Gah between midnight and sunrise.
After praying this, one can pray Stum no Kardo with invocation of names of the departed souls. Sarosh Yasht Hadokht prayers throughout the day excluding Aiwisruthrem Gah and Sarosh Yasht Vadi during the Aiwisruthrem Gah.
If one wishes to pray further, they can also pray the Ā Airyemā ishyo prayer which can be prayed for all 10 days.
The last five of the 10 days are the Gatha days; therefore, people may wish to pray each Gatha on the respective day i.e Ahunavad Gatha, Ushtavad Gatha, Spentomad Gatha, Vohu-khshathra Gatha and Vahishtoisht Gatha.
At the end of the prayers, it is recommended to pray the Muktad no namaskar, which should be recited three times.
In the last Gah of the last Gatha day, which is Ushahen Gah of Vahistoisht Gatha, the Patet Pashemani prayer can be recited. This prayer is a repentance prayer, prayed by an individual, before the dawn of the New Year.
Below are the YouTube links listed for Muktads and the Boi ceremony after the Muktads commencing from Friday 6th August until Sunday 15th August 2021. Kindly note the Muktad prayers will commence daily at 5.30pm UK Time (Monday to Saturday), and 4.30pm on Sundays.
Instructions to View The Live Stream Each of these Prayers will be Live Streamed and can be seen on the ZTFE website by following the instructions outlined below: Open a web browser on your device (computer, phone, tablet) Type in “ https://www.ztfe.com/” You will see a window at the bottom right hand of the screen where the prayers will be broadcast. Click on the Arrow to start the Live Stream If your Stream does not open in a full window, simply scroll to the right of the frame and click on the word ‘YouTube’
Also note: You will require a device that has an internet connection. Like other streaming and internet videos, the quality of the Video / Audio is dependent on many factors such as the general internet, the internet in your home / location and device quality. By clicking on the YouTube link, ZTFE takes NO RESPONSIBILITY for the Quality of the Video / Audio, but every effort will be made to try and provide the best quality we can. The YouTube/https://www.ztfe.com/ link should enable you to connect directly. No password is required. If this occurs, you may wish to restart your device to overcome the problem. Please note that as the Ervad Sahebs will be in Baj prior to commencing the daily Muktad prayers, they will not be able to address you all, or introduce the ceremony before or during whilst they are praying. Kindly share this information with others especially those who are not accessible by email.
Stay safe and well, look after each other as we have been doing since March 2020 and Tandarosti to all.
Best wishes Ervad Yazad T Bhadha ZTFE Resident Priest