ARDVI SURA ANAHITA "IS THE PERSIAN GODDESS BELIEVED TO THE "MOTHER OF THE STARS." SHE IS THE HIGH, POWERFUL, UNDEFILED ONE. UPON HER HEAD SHE WEARS A GOLD CROWN WITH A HUNDRED STARS AND A GARMENT MADE OF BEAVER SKINS. SHE IS HONORED ANNUALLY ON THIS DATE WITH A SACRED FESTIVAL CALLED THE "ARDVI SURA" OR "THE DAY OF ARDVI" WHICH TAKES PLACE UNDER THE NIGHTTIME STARS. THE FESTIVAL CONTINUES TO THIS DAY. SHE DRIVES A CHARIOT PULLED BY FOUR HORSES..."WIND, RAIN, CLOUD, AND SLEET." BECAUSE OF HER CONNECTION WITH LIFE, WARRIORS IN BATTLE PRAYED TO HER FOR SURVIVAL AND VICTORY.
She was also the heavenly source of all waters on earth as well as the source of great the cosmic ocean, and as the Goddess of pure waters and fertility, Her temples were built near natural springs, rivers, or lakes. Her fountains are at the top of a mythical mountain in the star region and the waters flow down to nourish the earth. She is identified with a sacred river, the mighty "Aredvi," the largest river on earth. It waters the lands for miles and miles before it splashes into the sea.
THE FOLLOWING IS FROM THE "ABAN YAS"T OR "YAST OF THE WATERS" WHICH IS DEDICATED TO "ARDVI SURI ANAHITA."
"OFFER UP A SACRIFICE, O SPITAMA ZARATHUSTRA! UNTO THIS SPRING OF MINE, ARDVI SURA ANAHITA, THE WIDE-EXPANDING AND HEALTH-GIVING, WHO HATES THE DEMONS AND OBEYS THE LAWS OF AHURA, WHO IS WORTHY OF SACRIFICE IN THE MATERIAL WORLD, WORTHY OF PRAYER IN THE MATERIAL WORLD; THE LIFE-INCREASING AND HOLY, THE HERD-INCREASING AND HOLY, THE FOLD-INCREASING AND HOLY, THE WEALTH-INCREASING AND HOLY, THE COUNTRY-INCREASING AND HOLY; "
"WHO DRIVES FORWARDS ON HER CHARIOT, HOLDING THE REINS OF THE CHARIOT. SHE GOES, DRIVING, ON THIS CHARIOT, LONGING FOR THE WORSHIP OF MEN AND THINKING THUS IN HER HEART: "WHO WILL PRAISE ME? WHO WILL OFFER ME A SACRIFICE, WITH LIBATIONS CLEANLY PREPARED AND WELL-STRAINED, TOGETHER WITH THE HAOMA AND MEAT? TO WHOM SHALL I CLEAVE, WHO CLEAVES UNTO ME, AND THINKS WITH ME, AND BESTOWS GIFTS UPON ME, AND IS OF GOOD WILL UNTO ME?
W"HOM FOUR HORSES CARRY, ALL WHITE, OF ONE AND THE SAME COLOUR, OF THE SAME BLOOD, TALL, CRUSHING DOWN THE HATES OF ALL HATERS, THE HATES OF DEMONS AND MEN, OF EVIL SPIRITS AND GOBLINS, OF THE OPPRESSORS, OF THE BLIND AND OF THE DEAF."
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