Suraxani Travel Guide

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Suraxani Things to Do

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    by josephescu Written Sep 10, 2006

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    Make a wish and then walk around the open flame in the central temple for three times in both directions while focusing on the wish you made will help it become true (LP says).

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Suraxani Transportation

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    by josephescu Written Sep 10, 2006

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    From Baku, marshrutkas for Suraxani leave from Nariman Narimanov metro station constantly throughout the day. From Suraxani, marshrutkas leave from behind the railway station, which is 300m far from the temple.

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Suraxani Tourist Traps

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    by josephescu Written Sep 10, 2006

    Taxis usually wait in front of the railway station in Suraxani, a few hundred meters from the Zoroastrian Fire Temple.

    Marshrutkas for Baku leave every 10-20 minutes from BEHIND the railway station, and you should get off at the end of the line (Nariman Narimanov).

    Unless you are in a big hurry, it doesn't worth taking the cab instead of a marshrutka.

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    by josephescu Updated Sep 10, 2006

    Favorite thing: The low, dark cells for monks and pilgrims house is an interesting museum about Zoroastrianism and the Zoroastrians, their believes and practices, such as lying on hot coals or carrying most heavy chains.

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    Favorite thing: Zoroastrians are the followers of the Iranian prophet Spitaman Zarathushtra (known to the Greeks as Zoroaster) who lived and preached somewhere around the Aral Sea.
    The energy of the creator is represented in Zoroastrianism by fire and the sun which are both enduring, radiant, pure and life sustaining. Zoroastrians usually pray in front of some form of fire (or any source of light). It is important to note that fire is not worshipped by Zoroastrians, but is used simply as symbol and a point of focus, much like the crucifix in Christianity.

    Fondest memory: Central to Zoroastrianism is the emphasis on moral choice, of life as a battle-ground between moral and immoral forces.
    Humans are free and responsible beings, predestination being rejected in Zoroastrian teaching. Humans bear responsibility for all situations they are in, and in the way they act to one another. Reward, punishment, happiness and grief all depend on how individuals live their life. Good transpires for those who do righteous deeds. Those who do evil have themselves to blame for their ruin. Zoroastrian morality is summed up in the simple phrase, "Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds".

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    by josephescu Written Sep 10, 2006

    Favorite thing: There are many inscriptions on the walls inside the temple courtyard, apparently in Sanskrit and Hindu, evidence of the Indian connection.

    inscription on Atesgah temple in Suraxani inscription on Atesgah temple in Suraxani inscription on Atesgah temple in Suraxani
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