Hyderabad: Seth Pestonji Meherji Parsi fire temple to complete 175 years

Hyderabad: Seth Pestonji Meherji Parsi fire temple to complete 175 years

Seth Pestonji Meherji Parsi fire temple, the oldest in South India will turn 175 years old at the end of July. The Parsi community in Hyderabad will mark the milestone with an anniversary event here. The Seth Pestonji Meherji Parsi Fire temple stands exactly opposite Hyderabad’s youngest fire temple. The Khan Bahadur Edulji Sohrabji Chennai Anjuman Dar-e-Meher fire temple turned 100 years old in 2020. Both the temples in fact are among the handful of historically important heritage structures on MG road. Other historically important structures on MG are the James Street police station (1900) and Seth Ramgopal’s ancestral home. The trust has a wonderful celebration lined up on 31st July. They are looking forward to a grand success!”, said Kayarmin Pestonji, president, of Old Parsi Fire Temple Trust.

The Seth Pestonji Meherji Parsi fire temple was built by two Parsi brothers named Seth Viccaji Meherji and Seth Pestonji Meherji.

The Seth Pestonji Meherji Parsi fire temple was built by two Parsi brothers named Seth Viccaji Meherji and Seth Pestonji Meherji. Hailing from Tarapore village (Maharashtra); they came to the erstwhile princely Hyderabad state, ruled by the Nizams (1724-1948). They eventually settled in Secunderabad, which was founded as a British cantonment in 1806 for the East India Company’s troops. The two Parsi brothers became renowned merchants and philanthropists among the community in Hyderabad. They first built a smaller fire temple for the use of local Zoroastrians residing in the area. Six years later they built a splendid Agiary, or the Seth Viccaji Seth Pestonji Meherji Parsi Fire Temple. It is the oldest in South India, located at 128 Mahatma Gandhi Road in Hyderabad.

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