Vajyašt Gahanbār

This Vāğ-Yašt Gahanbār manuscript scribed by Goštāsp Mūbed Šahryār Nāmdār Zardošt Nōšīrvān in 1293 AY (AD 1924). Vāğ-Yašt Gahanbār is a religious Zoroastrian ceremony that is performed by the priests six times during the Gahanbār period within a year. The manuscript begins with Vāğ-Yašt Gahanbār and continues with Vāğ-Yašt Raftūn, Dorūn Mīyazd Gūsfand, Dorūn Rūz-e Ḫordād, Fravardīn Māh, Dorūn Haft Amšāspand, and Dorūn Rāh-e Safar. More specifically, this ceremony centers on the Yasnā ritual. However, there are many open questions regarding the process of the performance of the ritual and the selection of the Yasnā sections during this ceremony. The manuscript from our collection provides more details about the performance of the ritual and also clarifies the relationship between text and ritual. This manuscript can also help us better understand the differences between the Indian and Iranian types of the Vāğ-Yašt Gahanbār ceremony.

Custodial history: This manuscript belongs today to Mehrabān Poulādī, the grandson of Arbāb Mehrabān Poulād. Mehrabān Poulādī is the vice president of the Council of Iranian Mobeds. His Grandfather, Arbāb Mehrabān Poulād was an influential Zoroastrian merchant from a priest family.

Extent and format of original material: Collection level 1, File level 5, 146 folios.

Owner(s) of original material: Mehraban Pouladi.

Additional language information: Avestan, Additional comments and notes in New Persian...