Surakhani - Azerbeidzjan
Vuurtempel in Ateshgah op het schiereiland Apsheron.
Deze tempel werd gebouwd in de 18de eeuw door Parsische handelaars uit India op een plaats waar reeds eerder een tempel stond.
Atash-gah Surakhani, Baku, Azerbaijan
plaque in Devnagri script
Azerbaijan has always been famous for its sources of eternal fires - the Atashgehs. There is a place called Yanar Dag (Blazing Mountain) in Absheron and thermal springs in some parts of Nakhichivan, Kelbejar, Masali, Lenkoran, Babadag.
In Surakhani, there is an eternal fire place. From the ancient times the fire worshippers from remote places and even the Indian priests were coming to Absheron in search of fire and finding it here. They built their main temples here in Surakhani and Ateshgah
Islam arrived in Azerbaijan with Arabs in the seventh century, gradually supplanting Zoroastrianism and Azerbaijani pagan cults. In the seventh and eighth centuries, many Zoroastrians fled Muslim persecution and moved to India, where they became known as Parsis. Until Soviet Bolsheviks ended the practice, Zoroastrian pilgrims from India and Iran traveled to Azerbaijan to worship at sacred sites, including the Ateshgah Temple in Surakhany on the Apsheron Peninsula.