The village of Chak Chak, also known as Pir-e Sabz. Where consists of a shrine perched beneath a towering cliff face in the desert of central Iran. It is the most sacred of the Zoroastrian mountain shrines near the city of Ardakan in Yazd province. It should be noted that this temple serves as a pilgrimage point for pious Zoroastrians. Each year from June 14-18 many thousands of Zoroastrians from Iran, India and other countries flock to the fire temple of Pir-e Sabz. Tradition has it that pilgrims are to stop the moment they see the sight of the temple. Then continue their journey on foot the rest of the way.
Chak Chak Temple History:
Meaning drop-drop in Persian, Chak Chak Temple is where Nikbanou, was cornered by the invading Arab army in 640 CE. She was the second daughter of the last pre-Islamic Persian ruler, the Sassanian Emperor Yazdegerd III of Persia. Fearing capture Nikbanou prayed to Ahura Mazda to protect her from her enemies. In response to Nikbanou’s pleadings, the mountain miraculously opened up and sheltered her from the invaders.
Notable features of Chak Chak Temple include the ever dripping spring located at the mountain. Legend has it these drops are tears of grief mountain sheds in remembrance of Nikbanou. Growing beside the holy spring is an immense and ancient tree. They said to be Nikbanou’s cane. Legend also has it that a petrified colorful cloth from Nikbanou was also visible in the rocks. Although pilgrims have since taken this.
Further more, the actual Chak Chak Temple is a man-made grotto sheltered by two large bronze doors. The shrine enclosure is floored with marble and its walls are darkened by fires kept eternally burning in the sanctuary. In the cliffs below the shrine are several roofed pavilions constructed to accommodate pilgrims.
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