Saturday, March 5, 2011

Sanjan

Sanjan

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Sanjan
Sanjan is a small town in the Valsad District. It is situated just inside the Gujarat-Maharashtra border. Sanjan was one of the primary Parsi settlements in India. It is believed to have been found by Zoroastrian refugees, whose descendants are today known as the Parsis, who sought asylum in Gujarat after they were compelled to flee Iran. Sanjan Memorial Column was built in this town in 1917 to memorize the landing of the Parsis (Zoroastrians) in India. It is one of the holy places of Parsis.

Since February 2002, excavation work is in full swing in Sanjan. Among the ancient relics unearthed were human skeletons, coins, shards of pottery, beads and glasses. The site has also yielded the first definitive proof of Parsi (Zoroastrian) occupation at Sanjan in the form of a dokhma or Tower of Silence (a uniquely Zoroastrian mortuary structure). The excavations and explorations have also yielded interesting art historical data in the form of Hindu (probably Silahara Period) sculptural and structural remains.

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