“In loving memory of…”

A visual record of Parsi aramgahs in India is being created
Text and photos: Hemant Chaturvedi

In September 2020, while I was hunting down old single screen cinema theaters in Uttarakhand, my friend Dr Shernaz Cama, founder director of Parzor, called. When she heard I was in Ranikhet, she asked me to do her a favor: Would I try and locate a century old aramgah that Parzor had lost track of? I asked her what an aramgah was and discovered the concept of the Zoroastrian burial ground. Until then I had not known of burial amongst Zoroastrians; it is a practice followed in small towns where the Zoroastrian population is small (sometimes even a single family)......

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