Being born into the Zoroastrian faith, I have been curious about my community and its several aspects. I belong to a community that fled to India to escape persecution in Iran several hundred years ago. It is in India that Zoroastrians established and preserved our ancient places of worship often referred to as Fire Temples, live in gated communities and observe our customs and traditions.
Zoroastrians are not fire-worshippers and believe that the elements are pure and that fire represents God's light or wisdom. They traditionally pray everyday and some wear ‘sudreh’ (undershirt made from muslin) and ‘kusti’ (lamb wool cord tied three times around the waist) to remind of the maxim - Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds. Prayers are recited facing the sun, fire or other source of light representing Ahura Mazda's divine light and energy.