Udvada

The Udvada town is a famous Parsi pilgrimage spot that falls in the fishing region ofValsad District of Gujarat. It falls on the coastal region and also 8 kilometers away from the National Highway 8. The town is known as housing large members of the Parsi community and also the famous Zoroastrian AtashBehram. The AtashBehram is a holy religious hub for Zoroastrians all around the world.
The Udvada town is full of recreation and religious spots that makes it a populartravel destination in Gujarat. One can relax at the Udvada beach or take a time travel through the fishing villages. The colony is full of Parsi food joints and one can try the local delicacies. The religious factor of the fire temple is also a part to be in to cherish the importance of the pilgrim town.

History

The Atesh Behram is considered of the highest order for the sacred fire flame that is constantly burning for ages. Also the place is rich in history that dates back to the Mughal invasion of Iran. After the Muslim invasion in Greater Iran during the 7th century, Zoroastrians started to become a marginalized community as most of the territories held by them became Islamic by 10th century. A group from Greater Khorasan fled to India in an attempt to preserve their religious customs and beliefs. They landed on the south of Udavada at Sanjan which is merely 30 kms away.
These people carried ash from the sacred fire which was then used as a bed for the Sanjan fire. During the 14th century, Sanjan was again attacked by the Delhi Sultanate which made the Parsis flee to the Barhot hills and carried the fire with them. It was in the 18th century when the fire that was installed at Navsari was decided to be carried to Sanjan but on their way the priests preferred to build the temple at Udvada in the year 1742. This is how the fire temple in Udvada got established.

Where is it located?

Valsad can be reached easily from Surat. The main hub of Ahmedabad is 234 kilometers away. Udavada can also be reached easily from Mumbai by train that holds a strong number of Parsis. The nearest airport is also at Surat that receives domestic flights.

Ideal Visiting Time

The place is ideal to visit during the establishment anniversary of the AteshBehram. It receives a huge footfall of followers from all over the world to be a part of the grand celebrations. One can also tour the sacred town on the 20th day of every month in the Zoroastrian calendar which is considered as a holy day.

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