Mandal was formed in 1915 by
priestly and lay stalwarts like
Dastur Darab Peshotan Sanjana,
Dastur Minocher Jamaspji Jamasp
Asana, Seth Jehangirji Vimadalal,
Seth Faredun Dadachanji, and
Ervad Mahyar Nowroji Kutar for
the welfare of the community
and its priestly class.
Athornan Mandal established
the Dadar Athornan Institute
(erstwhile Athornan Boarding
Madressa) on 9th November, 1919
(Roj: Aneran Mah Ardibahesht
1289 YZ), as a public charitable
Institution dedicated to the
cause of providing religious
as well as secular education
to children of the priestly
class and train them to be ideal
priests who can be spiritual
guides to the community. This
Institute is a valuable asset
of the Parsi community, as it
keeps alive the traditions and
life style of Parsi priests
in the present times.
It provides scriptural, religious
and ritual training to children
of the priestly class along
with secular education upto
S.S.C. level. All this, along
with boarding, lodging, and
allied facilities like medicines,
books and stationery are provided
absolutely free of cost.
The Institute was closed down
in 1965 due to lack of funds.
It was restarted a year later,
with Ervad Rustomji N. Panthaki
as the Principal, who with his
noble wife Jalamai guided the
Institute for almost 30 years
and nurtured it to a very respectable
position in the international
Zoroastrian community. Rustomji's
tryst with the Institute started
in 1928 as a student and lasted
for almost 70 years in various
capacities as a student, teacher
and finally as its most successful
It was due to his vision and
insight that the Annexe building
came up in 1990, which houses
the Mancherji Joshi Hall, a
Library, a Medicare centre and
resident Quarters for teachers.
Since its inception about 90
years ago, more than 500 students
have studied at this august
Institution. Its alumni include
a) High Priests like Dasturji
Dr. Hormazdyar K. Mirza, Dasturji
Kaikobad P. Dastur and Dasturji
Dastur of Udwada, Dasturji Meherji
K. Mehrji Rana of Navsari and
Dasturji Nadirshah P.Unwala
b) Renowned religious scholars,
teachers, preachers and educationists
such as Ervad Rustomji N. <<Panthaki,
Ervad Ratansha R. Motafram,
Ervad Parvez M. Bajan and Ervad
Dr. Ramiyar P. Karanjia.
c) Several Boywallas, Panthakis,
and Yozdathregar Mobeds.
- Scriptural study:
This Institute was primarily
founded for the purpose of
providing an enlightened clergy
to the Parsi community. A
child, admitted between the
age of 6 to 8 years, takes
at an average about seven
years to learn prayers for
Navar and Maratab.
After they finish memorising
the texts, they are taught the
practical aspects like performance
of Yasna, Vendidad, Ashirwad,
Geh Sarna, and Uthamna rituals.
ten years ago, the Athornan
Mandal - W.Z.O. Fund was launched
to encourage young priests to
pursue full time priesthood
as also to give greater service
to the community. This scheme
gives handsome monthly stipends
to young full time practicing
priests from all over India.
Presently around 50 young priests
are reaping benefits of this
scheme. In the last year alone
Rupees eleven lakhs were disbursed
to young Mobeds in this scheme.
The Dadar Parsee Youths Assembly
High School provides totally
free academic education upto
S.S.C level to all students
since 1966. The Athornan Mandal
is deeply grateful to the school
authorities for this help. The
Institute provides guidance
to the students through its
residential teachers as well
as by specialized tutors in
subjects like Maths, Science,
Hindi and Marathi.
Most students secure an average
of 85 percent in Primary and
55 percent in the secondary.
The Institute has the distinction
of having a 100% result at S.S.C.
examinations. Most students
have passed with First class,
many with distinctions.
passing from the Institute,
all students practice priesthood,
either part time or full time.
Many students complete graduation,
while a few take up professional
careers like Chartered Accountancy,
Electronics and Computer Engineering.
Some go on to become Professors,
Teachers and Doctorates in Sciences
and Arts. Some students have
settled abroad in places like
U.S.A., U.K., Dubai, Singapore,
Australia and New Zealand, where
too they offer their voluntary
services as priests.
The Institute has a full fledged
computer room to cater to the
students' educational and recreational
needs. It also has a cable television.
Students learn Karate to augment
their physical and mental development.
They go for camps, picnics,
and educational as well as recreational
has facilities for indoor
games like table-tennis, carrom
and chess as well as outdoor
games like volley-ball, basket-ball
and cricket. It also has a
small children's park in the
compound with slides, swings
and parallel bars and monkey-gym
for the children.
Institute students participate
and win several competitions
at National, state, city, community,
inter-school and inter-house
levels in diverse fields like
religion, sports and general
Excellence in Mobedi:
In the last ten yeas alone the
Institute has given about 25
full fledged priests to the
community, many of whom perform
higher rituals like the Yasna,
Visparad and Vendidad. At least
10 of our students who have
passed out in the last two decades
have performed Nirang-Dins.
Several ex-students serve as
Panthakis, Assistant Panthakis
and Boywallas at Atash Behrams
The Institute has six resident
and eight non-resident staff
members, each a specialist in
their field. Every activity
at the Institute is duly supervised
by a duty teacher, not only
during study times but also
during games time, rest time,
meal time and bath time.
Some of our ex-students are
allowed to pursue college education
while they board, lodge and
study at the Institute and assist
the regular teaching staff.
Care of students:
Students are provided with rich
and nutritious food, the menu
for which has been prepared
under instructions of a dietician.
A Doctor visits twice a week
and monitors the general health
of the students. The Doctor
also manages the Avanbai &
Dinshaw Byramjee Medical Centre
- a free medicare centre for
CAN YOU HELP THE INSTITUTE ?
Institute is a public charitable
Institution funded by donations
from philanthropic individuals
and Trusts. Donations may be
given for particular schemes
or earmarked funds. The accounts
are duly audited every year
by a reputed firm of Accountants.
Maintaining a student:
The Institute annually incurs
a cost of about Rs. 80,000/-
per student. A donor can sponsor
a student for a year by a donation
of Rs.15,000.00, or by establishing
an Endowment Fund of Rs.1,50,000/-
(Rupees One lac), from which
a student / students can be
maintained for a period of 10
years. If the sponsorship is
in memory of a departed one,
the student remembers the deceased
in rituals and prayers. He also
takes names of the donor's family
Annual Afringan, Farokhshi,
Baj and Stum (on fruits) are
performed by students for five
years for a donation of Rs.10,000.00.
Sponsoring a Meal:
A donor can sponsor a meal for
students. On festive occasions,
students recite a Tandarosti.
On death anniversaries a Stum
(on fruits) is recited. The
costs are Rs.1200.00 for a vegetarian
meal, and Rs.1,800.00 for a
non-vegetarian meal. Sweet-dishes
(pudding, custard, jelly etc.)
or ice-cream can be provided
for an additional sum of Rs.
400.00 or Rs.600.00. Annual
bookings of meals can also be
made. A donor can sponsor a
breakfast or evening snack for
Rs. 500/-. Owing to inflation,
the amount specified above may
be revised from time to time.
Other earmarked Funds:
1) General Maintenance Fund:
It can be utilized for any Institute
2) Bhojan Fund: Utilised towards
3) Education Fund: For educational
expenses and tuitions.
4) Book Fund: Utilised towards
purchasing text and note books.
5) Library Fund: For maintaining
the Institute Library and purchasing
books for it.
6) Medical Fund: For students'
medical expenses and running
the Medicare Centre.
7) Mobed Amelioration Fund:
For providing help to practicing
and aged Mobeds.
8) Athornan Mandal-WZO Scheme:
For providing monthly stipends
and related benefits to young
9) Milk Fund: Utilised towards
giving milk to students.
Donations can be made either
in cash or by Cheque, favouring
and sent to the addresses given
below. The Athornan Mandal is
also authorized to receive foreign
contributions. For any further
inquiries kindly contact:
Joint Honorary Secretaries,
| Dadar Athornan Institute,
651-52, Firdausi Road,
Mancherji Joshi Parsi Colony,
Dadar, Mumbai 400 014. INDIA.
240, Navsari Bldg., 2nd
Dr. Dadabhai Navroji Road,
Fort, Mumbai 400 001. INDIA.
good will of the community,
the Institute is fast approaching
its centenary. As long as
the work of the Institute
is appreciated by the community,
it will continue to light
the lamps of devotion and
learning in the hearts of
young priests and inspire
them to tend the holy fires.
We look forward to your generous