Chak chak is an extremely sacred place for Zoroastrians and attracts thousands of pilgrims for an annual Zoroastrian festival.
Chak chak, also called Pir-e Sabz is the most important Zoroastrian site in Iran, situated in 72km Northwest of Yazd. It is an extremely sacred place for Zoroastrians and attracts thousands of pilgrims for an annual Zoroastrian festival. Every year between 14 and 18 June, devoted Zoroastrians from all over Iran and even abroad, gather here to pay their respect.
Chak chak means Drip Drip in Farsi, is believed to be the place where Nikbanu, the Sassanian princess fled in AD637 after the Arab invasion. She threw short of water at the cliff and water began to drip out.
Chak chak temple is located in a shallow cave on the side of a barren mountain. The interior of the temple is rather simple. There is the dripping water, a painting of Ahura Mazda and of course the eternal flame. There is also a huge tree outside the temple known as Nikbanou’s cane.
Today, pilgrimages gather at the site to share in the princess’ grief, remember her and the lost Aryan empire, and pray in hope of a better future. After they visited the shrine, some pilgrims choose to prepare a meal, play music and dance in general merriment, for it is their dedication and joy that gives strength to the hope for a joyous future.