This reverence to water can be seen in the Sasanian myth of Pir-e-Chak Chak with Chak Chak being the sound of water falling into a little fountain made of stones.
In despair and anger, she threw the maple stick at the mountain and water is believed to have miraculously started to drip out, quenching her thirst giving the name Chak Chak to this site. Pir-e-Sabz is its other name as the sacred water is believed to have made the area green with the maple tree still standing.
Zoroastrians regularly offer prayers to Ava Yazata - the guardian of waters.
In this video Prof. Kavas Kapadia and Mobed Firouzgary, Zoroastrian High Priest of Iran speak of the water harvesting and wind towers of Zoroastrian settlements around Yazd.
These bracelets called 'Tir-O-Baad' or rainbow bands are named after Tir or Tishtra, Yazata of Rain and Govad, Yazata of Wind. Worn for ten days from the Tirgan or Water Festival in Iran, they are then let loose into the blowing wind with this little verse -
'Tir! You go away! Let the wind come!
Sorrow, go away! Happiness, come in!
Suffering, leave! Sustenance, come!'
One of the most useful adaptations of this reverence to water, from Iran to India by the Zoroastrians, has been that of the Tanka System.
Rohinton Jambusarwala at Gulshan, Bharuch speaks about this system of harvesting rain water falling on the roof top, locally known as the Tanka, practised by the Parsi Zoroastrians in Gujarat.
Manu Bhatnagar, Principal Director, Natural Heritage, INTACH and Prof. Kavas Kapadia elucidate the need and the practicalities of reviving community practices of water conservation.
Rohinton Jambusarwala and Farida Jambusarwala, Bharuch
Sahapedia in Collaboration with Parzor Foundation & India Picture
Prof. Kavas Kapadia, Advisor, Parzor Foundation
Mobed Mehrban Firouzgary, Zoroastrian High Priest of Iran
Pir-e-Chak Chak Film, Courtesy Mobed Mehrban Firouzgary
Dushyant Mehta, Hemant Mehta and Sanha Kohli of India Picture
National Museum, Tehran
Curated by Dr. Shernaz Cama and Vanshika Singh