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Koh e Alburz, Romanized as Kuh i Elburz, Gory Koh-i-Elburz, Kohe Alborz, Kuh i Alborz (Persian: کوه البرز high mountain) is a mountain a ridge of the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan, Balkh Province. The ridge is elongated to the south of the ancient city of Balkh, which is about 25 kilometers northwest from the city of Mazar-i-Sharif. It is a tertiary, elongated ridge with steep slopes to the north and south. The comb has short canyons. Between the breaking points are the small river Schadyan and Marmal mountain. Above this ridge, the two Buddhist monasteries as Nava Vihara Top i Ruslam (Persian: تپه رستم Rustam hill or Rustam Hat) and Takht e Rustam (Persian: تخت رستم Rustam's throne) and fire temple of Nava Vihara.
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Rostam or Rustam (Persian: رُستَم, ) is the epic hero of the Persian epic Shahnameh or Epic of Kings, in Persian mythology. In Shahnameh, Rostam - like his grandfather Sam, son of Nariman - works as both a faithful military general as well as king-maker for the Kayanian dynasty of Persia."
The Kayanian dynasty......The Kianian, also Kias or Kianids or Kaianids or kiani, are a dynasty of Iranian tradition and folklore. Considered collectively, the Kianian kings are the heroes of the Avesta, the sacred texts of Zoroastrianism. The Kayanian dynasty is particularly noteworthy in Zoroastrian history since it was during the reign of a Kayanian king, King Vishtasp (later called Gushtasp) that Zarathushtra preached. King Vishtasp was also Zarathushtra's first patron.
Rustam was “always represented as the mightiest of Iranian paladins, and the atmosphere of the episodes in which he features is strongly reminiscent of the Parthian period”. He was immortalized by the 10th-century Persian poet Ferdowsi in the Shahnameh.
In Ferdowsi's Shahnameh, Rostam is a native of Zabol, part of the Zabulistan region of Khorasan which is in present-day eastern Iran. His mother Rudaba was a princess of Kabul. Rostam is the champion of champions and is involved in numerous stories, constituting some of the most popular (and arguably some of most masterfully created) parts of the Shahnameh.
Takht-i Rustam (Haibak), literal meaning the throne of Rustam, named after Rustam, is a hilltop settlement. It is dated to the 4th and 5th centuries of the Kushano-Sassanian period, which is corroborated by archaeological, architectural and numismatic evidence. It is located 3 km to the southwest of Samangan town, in Afghanistan, located north of the Hindu Kush mountains in the central part of the country.
It is the location of a stupa-monastery complex which is fully carved into the mountain rock. The monastery of major Buddhist tradition of Therravada Buddhism, has five chambers, two are sanctuaries and one is a domed ceiling with an intricate lotus leaf beautification. In the adjacent hill is the stupa, which has a harmika, with several caves at its base. Above one of the caves, there is square building in which there are two conference halls; one is 22 metres square and the other is circular. In one of these caves, Archaeological excavations have revealed a cache of Ghaznavid coins.
East meets west and which came first? The Zoroastrians fled the invaders of Islam and moved east towards India. Buddhists appear to have moved west – but when? and was it them who built the Egg shaped mound or the Zoroastrians? Is there an alchemical connection? Is there a link to mystic Christianity?
The source of the experienceZoroastrian
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