Uzbakestan Zoroastrians at Gatha Class

Photos by Rostam Abdukamilov (Spenta-Armaiti)  (Teacher)



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The Uzbekistan Zoroastrian Anjuman has been officially registered with a membership of 7,000 Zoroastrians.  The President of the Uzbekistan Zoroastrian Anjuman has officially announced the inauguration of this Anjuman with a Membership of 7,000 Zoroastrians.  The Amordad Newspaper with reference to the internet site of this Anjuman has reported that Mr. Rostam Abido Komiolof the President of this Anjuman has announced that 400 members of this Anjuman are students who know to read, write and speak the Avestan Language. The Majority of the Uzbek Zoroastrians medium of instruction is Russian & Tajik version of Persian.


Mr. Rostam Abido Komiolof is hopeful that the Zoroastrians of Uzbekistan will pursue the Avestan Language and one day makes it the medium of instruction in Uzbekistan .  One of the Zoroastrian Student Member of this Anjuman by the name of Ms. Anna Chankui is a first class student of the Avestan Language & Mathematics in her school.  Another Zoroastrian Student Member of this Anjuman is the best student of the Avestan Language and also a first prize winner in the Uzbek language Olympiad.


Mr. Rostam Abido Komiolof also said that Uzbekistan has the Zoroastrian cultural roots since thousands of years and this culture is alive and active till to date.  He said that after the Arab invasion of ancient Iran which included Uzbekistan , Islam was forced upon the people of Uzbekistan for 4 times.  The people of Uzbekistan resisted the imposed religion of Islam and have kept these Zoroastrian cultural roots alive in them. Famous Mathematicians, Astronomers & Physicians like Kharazmi, Birooni & others have safeguarded the Zoroastrian Principles and based on these principles have made important inventions and discoveries.  Famous poets like Roodaki, Daghighi & Ferdowsi have based their poems on the Bright Vision of Asho Zarathushtra. 


He further stated that the people of Uzbekistan basically have great faith in the Zoroastrian Religion and they have their firm love & devotion in this religion.  The Festival of Norooz & Sadeh is the two very important official festivals of the people of Uzbekistan . During these Festivals people visit the ancient Fire Temples and offer their Avestan prayers.  Now Norooz has been officially declared as an important National Holiday.


In Uzbekistan s capital city of Tashkent reading of the Shahnameh has gained importance among the people.  The Avestan Gathas and Ferdowsis Shahnameh have been translated in the Uzbek, Russian & Tajik version of Persian languages. 


Mr. Rostam Abido Komiolof is the professor of Avesta & Avestan language in the Institute of Eastern Research and also an Avestan Scholar in the Uzbekistan Science Academy .  He has spoken about the teachings of Zarathushtra & Avesta on a number of occasions on Uzbekistan s national television & radio network and has gained the attention of the people of Uzbekistan .  He has written a number of articles on the teachings of Zarathushtra & Avesta in various publications of Uzbekistan .  He has also published an Avestan Dictionary.  A number of seminars pertaining to Zarathushtras teachings, the Gathas and the Avesta have been organized by him  in Uzbekistan .


The Ministry of Education of Uzbekistan has chalked out a plan for teaching 6 Million Uzbek students the Avestan Culture and for this purpose it will recruit 800,000 teachers to implement this project.


An article in FEZNAs Journal dated September, 1999 states that the Currency of Uzbekistan bears the Sassanian and Achameid symbols.


The Uzbekistan Zoroastrian Anjuman has invited Zoroastrians world wide to visit the site:  and get an in-depth view of Zoroastrians living in Uzbekistan .  If any one is interested in visiting Uzbekistan and obtaining a tourist visa should email to:


Ushta Te,

Khodayar Attaie,




Ushta All,
  Ushta, dear Dr. Khodayar Attaie,
  Many thanks to You for Your informing others about us,
  and I must add some correction to your report -- 4 items:
  1. We Uzbekistan Zarathushtrians very much want to register our
Zarathushtrian Anjuman, this registration must wait until future.
  2. Here  many people -- millions -- are interested in Avesta
and Mazdayasna Zarathushtri Daena -- Zarathushtri Din -- in
Uzbekistan, but our Zarathushtrian pupils are about 400 at this time. The
7000 others are in addition to this number, I didn't speak about those 7000.
  3. Some of our pupils can read, write and speak the Avestan
Language, but not all of them. Now nearly 20 our pupils can speak.
  4. Miss Anna Mavlichenko is nearly 11 years old and she very loves
the Avestan Language. After beginning to learn the Avestan
Language, she started to excel in school and gained the first place position
in her mathematics class.

  Also, I would like to mention the name of our young man Andrey
Kubatin who became one of our best student in Avestan Language and
then he won the first place in the Republic Linguistic Olympiad.
  The members of our Zarathushtrian Anjuman are native speakers of different
Indo-European langaugee, mostly Russian. Some of us know English
language as well.
  Also we invite all you and your colleges and friends to visit us. There are
many nice ancient Zarathushtrian temples in Tashkent and you can see
them and enjoy the hospitality of Uzbekistan.

  We wish radiant happiness to You.
  Khshnaothra Ahurahe Mazdao!

  Members of Zarathushtrian Anjuman in Uzbekistan
  and Avestan teacher
  Rustam Abdukamilov,
  Tashkent, Uzbekistan