Today, in the day and age of electronic media, when there is a plethora of information available, it is very necessary to have reliable and trustworthy information in an organised manner. The website – www.ramiyarkaranjia.com fulfils this need. It is an invaluable online resource for Living Zoroastrianism.
On this site, balanced and authentic information related to Zoroastrian religion, its teachings, philosophy, spirituality, ancient Iranian history, and Iranian languages like Avesta and Pahlavi is assured. This includes the insights made by its author while studying, teaching and researching in this area since the past more than 30 years. That is why, the site bears the name of its author. Otherwise it is not at all personally related to him in any way. The only reason it bears the personal name, is that all its contents have been exclusively created by and vouched for by the author.
On the website, one can find the following:
A. General information:
Basic understanding about Zoroastrian religion, covering topics like Ahura Mazda, Zarathushtra, Need for religion, Teachings of the religion and Constitution of a human being (https://ramiyarkaranjia.com/lets-understand-zoroastrianism).
Basic Iranian History related to the Zoroastrian religion, covering all the important kings and queens of the 5 major Iranian dynasties – Peshdad, Kayan, Hakhamanish, Arshkan & Sasan (https://ramiyarkaranjia.com/history-of-iran-highlights).
Detailed information about all Zoroastrian rituals (https://ramiyarkaranjia.com/rituals-in-zoroastrianism).
Explanations of major Zoroastrian festivals (https://ramiyarkaranjia.com/festivals-of-zoroastrians).
Explanation of major Yashts (https://ramiyarkaranjia.com/yashts).
B. Reference materials:
Collection of more than 300 Question and Answers, segregated in topics like Ahura Mazda, Zarathushtra, prayers, religion, rituals, history, great men, festivals, Zoroastrian life, philosophy etc. These questions have appeared in the popular “Tell me Why Column” in Jame Jamshed Weekly since the past seven years (https://ramiyarkaranjia.com/tell-me-why). The recent questions and answers are updated regularly on the site as Blog posts, almost immediately after they appear in the newspapers.
“Zarthoshti-pedia – a mini encyclopedia” containing more than 100 alphabetically arranged articles related to Zoroastrian religion and Iranian history (https://ramiyarkaranjia.com/zarthoshti-pedia).
A collection of more than 500 Quotations related to the Zoroastrian religion from Avesta, Pahlavi and Pazand texts, categorized in topics. This is an invaluable resource for teachers and public speakers (https://ramiyarkaranjia.com/quotes-from-zoroastrian-texts).
C. Information for Children:
Stories from the life of Prophet Zarathushtra (https://ramiyarkaranjia.com/prophet-zarathushtra-spitama-life-story).
Stories from the Iranian epic SHAHNAMEH, like Rustom and Sohrab, Zohak and Faridun, King Hoshang, King Jamshed and King Nosherwan (https://ramiyarkaranjia.com/stories-from-the-shahnameh).
The entire set of basic Audio Prayers for Navjote (https://ramiyarkaranjia.com/audio-prayers).
D. For daily use:
The Shahenshahi Khordeh Avesta: The main prayers from the Khordeh Avesta with ease of pronunciation, reading and explanation of each prayer, which is a first of its kind. It would come very handy if one is at a place where one wishes to say prayers but cannot get a Khordeh Avesta (https://ramiyarkaranjia.com/khordeh-avesta-for-shahenshahis).
Daily Zoroastrian life: The daily Zoroastrian life is full of small daily practices based on the teachings of the religion, which give an inner identity. Daily Zoroastrian life also includes customs and traditions that give a specific external identity. On the site, one can also find the proper way to do the Kasti, which, though the shortest Zoroastrian ritual, is the one on which the entire Zoroastrian devotional life is based. There is also an explanation about the significance and celebration of Muktad – the most cherished of the Zoroastrian festival (https://ramiyarkaranjia.com/zoroastrian-daily-life-practices-and-customs).
Reach of the site: The site has been widely accessed from all over the world, with more than 50,000 views since its inception. 35% of the views were from India, 20% from the USA, 5% each from Canada and France, 3% each from UK, Australia, UAE and Pakistan and the rest from more than 150 countries around the world. The site gets more popularity as valuable resources are periodically added to it. The site averages more than a hundred views per day, majority of them from India and the USA.
Corporates, business houses or people who may wish to reach out to a wide spectrum of people, especially Zoroastrians, all over the world may support the site and encourage the work that it is doing.
New Addition: “8. QA about PRAYERS”
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(10th February 2019)