25 July 2019 - 11:31
Land of miracles in Persia

Uraman Takht village is accurately a wonderland in Persia. This little paradise is widely well-known for nature lovers and also for all who are passionate about ancient Iranian ceremonies and feasts.

Iran (IMNA) - This little paradise is located in the southeastern region of Marivan city in Kurdistan province, Iran and is surrounded by a rocky and mountainous region. In this respect, the climate is moderate in warm seasons of the year but winters get quite chilly and temperature drops even below freezing.

Moreover, the name of Uraman has a religious and also cultural root. Regarding the word Uraman, Ura means Ahura; the highest deity of Zoroastrianism, and man means the home or land. So, Uraman means the land of Ahuramazda. Moreover, in Avesta that is the collection of sacred religious texts of Zoroastrianism, Ura means sun. Accordingly, Uraman also would mean the land of sun.

This village has become popular among not only Iranians but a large quantity of people all over the world. In fact, there are several factors that make this small village as an extraordinary place on the earth. Its breathtaking nature, unique architecture, magnificent monuments and also holding special religious ceremonies are some of the particular characteristics giving people a brilliant mentality towards this village.

In addition, ancient castles and temples has given a distinguished identity to this paradise. Pir (Saint) Shalyar, is a prominent religious figure among local residents. They believe that he was Jamasb’s son; Jamasb was one of the Zoroastrian spiritual leaders. Locals narrate many miracles happened by Pir Shalyar among which the story of Princess Bahar Khatun is notable.

Daughter of Bukhara’s king who was called Bahar Khatun, was deaf-mute. According to king’s announcement, whoever cures his daughter, he could marry her. Many physicians failed to cure her but finally, Pir Shalyar, an elderly man healed the ailing princess. Thereafter, king agreed to let Pir Shalyar marry his daughter in a majestic ceremony held on 40th day of the winter.

This legend dates back at least 700 years but locals still celebrate the marriage anniversary of Pir Shalyar and Bahar khatun as an auspicious occasion in Uraman region. The ceremony starts on Wednesday and lasts for three days. Livestock is brought to Pir Shalyar’s house to be slaughtered and then a portion of the meat is distributed as a consecration among the people.

Playing Daf, local and mystical dance and also singing about the prophet are inseparable rites in this ritual. During these three days, people of Uraman Takht spend their time at this ancient feast in order to commemorate Pir Shalyar.

By: Elahe Jalali

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