Avesta -- Zoroastrian Archives Updated Nov. 23, 2012


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"Zoroastrianism is the oldest of the revealed world-religions, and it has probably had more influence on mankind, directly and indirectly, than any other single faith." - Mary Boyce, Zoroastrians: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1979, p. 1)

"Zoroaster was thus the first to teach the doctrines of an individual judgment, Heaven and Hell, the future resurrection of the body, the general Last Judgment, and life everlasting for the reunited soul and body. These doctrines were to become familiar articles of faith to much of mankind, through borrowings by Judaism, Christianity and Islam; yet it is in Zoroastrianism itself that they have their fullest logical coherence.... - Mary Boyce, Op. Cit. p. 29.

We provide the complete text of the extant Avesta, the most ancient scriptures of Zoroastrianism, as well as many Pahlavi scriptures. It also includes information about the Avestan language, and other useful information for students of Zoroastrian religion. Most of the texts in these archives are extremely rare.

NOTE: Spelling of Zoroastrian technical terms has been normalized in these archives to facilitate searches.

Avesta
(Ancient scriptures of Zoroastrianism)


Gâthâ-bâ-maâni: transliterated and translated into English by K. E. Kanga. Scanned by Soli Dastur. Used with permission.

Yasht-bâ-maâni: transliterated and translated into English by K. E. Kanga. Scanned by Soli Dastur. Used with permission.

The Hymns of Atharvan Zarathushtra by Jatindra Mohan Chatterji. Chatterji's translation of the Gathas, kindly contributed by the Calcutta Parsi Anjuman and Sohrabji Panthaky, and scanned by Soli Dastur.

Khorda Avesta (Gujarati) edited by K. E. Kanga, kindly contributed and scanned by Soli Dastur. (For help, see instructions.)

  • Also available as a PDF
Khorda Avesta (English) edited by K. E. Kanga, kindly contributed and scanned by Soli Dastur. Also available as an EPUB.

Khorda Avesta (Persian) with text, translation, and commentary by Mobed Azargoshasp (3rd ed. 1354).

Middle Persian/Pahlavi
(Sacred literature preserved in the middle-Persian language)

Index Locorum

Other

Example of Avestan script

Example of Pahlavi script

Example of Old Persian script

Information on Zoroastrianism

Resources

Rituals

Information on Avestan language

Teach Yourself Avesta Language by Dr. Ervad Ramiyar Parvez Karanjia (2005)
Bejon N. Desai: Learning Avesta Compendium Copyright © 2003 Bejon N. Desai. Used with permission kindly acquired by the help of Nader M. Patel, Mumbai, and scanned by Soli Dastur.
Bejon N. Desai: Learning Avesta Manual Copyright © 2004 Bejon N. Desai. Used with permission kindly acquired by the help of Nader M. Patel, Mumbai, and scanned by Soli Dastur.
Kanga's Avesta Grammar Kindly contributed by Soli Dastur.
Kanga's Avesta-Gujarati-English Dictionary Kindly contributed by Soli Dastur.
Kanga's English-Avesta Dictionary Kindly contributed by Soli Dastur.
Sunjana's Pahlavi Grammar Kindly contributed by Sam Kerr and Soli Dastur.



"May your mind be master of its vow; may your soul be master of its vow; and may you live on in the joy of your soul all the nights of your life."
Vd. 18.27