Parsi / Parsee (Zoroastrian) Fire Temple, Calcutta (Kolkata)
Zoroastrianism is a religion based on the teaching of prophet Zoroaster. Founded in the 6th century BC, Zoroastrianism is considered one of the oldest religions of the world.
The Parsi (Parsee) first arrived in India well before the birth of Christ and settled in the West Coast of India.
About 200 years ago the Parsis (Parsees) first settled in Calcutta (Kolkata). The first Parsi (Parsee) Temple was first set up in 1839 but it was abandoned. The present fire temple of Anjuman Atash Adran was established in 1912 and operates to this day. Anjuman Atash Adran Temple is located on the Metcalfe Street (Popularly called the Bandook Gali) in the Boubazar area of Central Cutta (Kolkata).
The Parsi (Parsee) are fire worshipers and the holy flame eternally burns in the Parsi (Parsee) Fire Temple.
The Parsi (Parsee) Temple is out of reach of Non Parsis (Parsees). But the during the first week of December 2010 the temple was repaired and holy fire removed from the alter. Non Parsis (Parsees) were allowed in the Fire Temple and I was luck enough to shoot inside the temple.