Category Archives: Azerbaijan – Sindhis
Above: Jwalaji Temple (Hindu Temple )
Atishgah temple in Baku
On the carved entrances of cells are stone plaques describing who built them and in which year.
In all there are over 20 stone plaques, of which 18 are in Devanagri, one in Gurumukhi and one in Farsi (Persian),
Sanskrit text on which begins in Hindu tradition with “Om Shri Ganeshaye Namah.”
The temple was built on the spot where subterranean gas leaking out of the rocky ground used to burn day-and-night.
Local records say that it was built by a prominent Hindu traders community living in Baku and its construction coincided with the fall of the dynasty of Shirwanshahs and annexation by Russian Empire following Russo-Iranian war.
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