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Pune’s 173-year-old Fire Temple

It is believed that the construction of Fire Temples is one of the biggest deeds a Zoroastrian can perform in life.

pune Updated: Aug 17, 2017 11:19 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,Fire Temple,Historical
Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy Agiary in Camp was built in two years.(Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)

Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy Agiary on Dastur Meher Road was consecrated on November 29, 1844 . The original stone table commemorating the consecration of the Fire Temple is placed above the doorway leading into the Agiary’s main hall.

It is believed that the construction of Fire Temples is one of the biggest deeds a Zoroastrian can perform in life. It is said that in 1842, a few community elders went to Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy and requested for a Zoroastrian fire temple in the Camp area as there wasn’t one previously.

The agiary was built in two years and is still standing strong as a place of worship.

The inaugural ceremony is believed to have been attended by almost all Zoroastrians in the city and some prominent people from Mumbai. In addition to the main Fire Temple building and the wells, Sir Jamsetjee also constructed large dining halls on the compound, as residential quarters for the priests. The Agiary building and surrounding structure have undergone several additions, alterations and repairs over the years.

The space is well-maintained, clean and quiet. The greenery around gives a peaceful and calm atmosphere which makes it a must visit. Not everyone has entry into the temple. However, you can always visit to experience the ambience and feel of this serene space.

The premise also has a huge garden and a guest house for Zoroastrians.

What:Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy Agiary

Where: Opposite JJ Garden, Dastur Meher Rd, Gawaliwada, Camp, Pune.

When: Visitors are not allowed to enter the fire temple but can visit the garden and surrounding areas.

First Published: Aug 17, 2017 11:17 IST