Chak Chak, referring to the dripping sound of water, is the most sacred Zoroastrian temple with mythical backgrounds. Chak Chak is located near Ardekan town of Yazd province where is home to a big population of Iranian Zoroastrians.
During the Muslim conquest of Iran (started 633 AD), Khosro-Parviz (the Sassanid king) escaped her daughter Nik Banoo to Yazd to save her from the Arab warriors. Nik Banoo went to Yazd and hid in the heart of a mountain around the city until the day she passed away. There is a long-standing Plain tree (called Pir) near this mountain and according to the stories, this is the magical cane that Nik Banoo held during her journey to Yazd and tapped on a rock with, to create a gap so that she can hide in the heart of the mountain. It is also said that the water drops were led to an altar in this shrine for praising Anahita, the Persian goddess of water.
In Mehregan Thanksgiving Festival, which is an ancient Iranian harvest festival held on the first days of autumn, the Zoroastrians gather in Chak Chak and say prayers. The floor of Chak Chak, located in the heart of a mountain, is covered with marble stones and the water drops still create a pleasant sound. According to the Zoroastrian belief in pureness, the visitors are supposed to take off their shoes and wear a white headband before they enter this rock temple.
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|Chak Chak temple in Ardekan, Yazd.|