Chak Chak

Chak Chak is a village in Rabatat Rural District, Ardakan County, and Yazd Province, Iran. At the 2006, its existence was noted, but unfortunately its population was not reported.
In the desert of central Iran, the village includes a pir perched beneath a towering cliff face. It is the famous sacred of the mountain shrines of which is Located near the city of Ardakan in Yazd Province. Chak Chak serves as a pilgrimage point for pious Zoroastrians, each year from June 14–18 a lot of Zoroastrians from Iran, India and other countries flock to the fire temple at Pir-e Sabz. The custom is that pilgrims are to stop riding the moment they catch sight of the temple and complete the last leg of their journey on foot.
Chak Chak is where Nikbanou, the second daughter of the last pre-Islamic Persian ruler, Yazdegerd III of the Sassanid Empire, was cornered by the invading Arab army in 640 CE, in Zoroastrian belief. The picture is that the Nikbanou prayed to Ahura Mazda to protect her from her enemies. It is interesting that the response to Nikbanou’s pleadings,is the mountain opened up and sheltered her from the invaders.
There is a Notable feature of Chak Chak which is contained the ever-dripping spring located at the mountain. There is a Legend that these drops are tears of grief that the mountain sheds in remembrance of Nikbanou. Growing beside the holy spring is an immense and ancient tree said to be Nikbanou’s cane. Somebody believes that a petrified colorful cloth from Nikbanou was also visible in the rocks, although pilgrims have since removed it.
The actual temple of Chak Chak made grotto sheltered by two large bronze doors. The shrine enclosure is floored with marble and its walls are darkened by fires kept eternally burning in the sanctuary. In the cliffs below the shrine are several roofed pavilions constructed to accommodate pilgrims.

 

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