The Aryan Vara tradition was of a fully enclosed structure around a couple of miles in length with it's own internal lighting and means of food
production that was created to ensure survival of the ice age and the subsequent flooding that would occur at it's end, according to tradition.
It was constructed in the heart of the Aryan homeland by Yima or Jamsid as he is also referred to, in order to survive this ice age, the purpose of
which was to reduce population numbers and see a new type of man emerge from the Vara.
The Age of Yima was the time of the first patriarchs, when death was unknown, a golden age but one that saw the population continually expanding, not
The Muslim authors routinely state that šid means “shine, radiance, . Ebn al-Aṯir adds that jam means “moon” : jam-šid means
“brightness of the moon” [
As described in the Avesta ,under Yima’s rule the world prospered and the number of people, cattle, and fires increased, while the daēuuas were
deprived of their desires and *yearning (išti and saokā, which are kept in the moon
Reasons why humanity was immortal are given in the Middle Persian translation of Yasna 9.1, where people are said to have become immortal by eating
the meat Jam offered them
The Zoroastrian and Muslim Persian literature contains the stories about Yima/Jamšid and Tahmura and the discovery of the healing property of
Before he proclaimed himself universal monarch on New Year’s Day, at the creator’s command, he went to the Činwad bridge ,closed the door to
Hell, and locked it so that Ahrimen and the divs could not enter, and so no one died during his reign.
Before inducing this ice age Ahura Mazda consults with Yima and the mortal about how to survive it;
The Maker, Ahura Mazda, called together a meeting of the celestial Yazatas in the Airyana Vaejo of high renown, by the Vanguhi Daitya
The fair Yima, the good shepherd, called together a meeting of the best of the mortals in the Airyana Vaejo of high renown, by the Vanguhi Daitya.
And Ahura Mazda spake unto Yima, saying: 'O fair Yima, son of Vivanghat! Upon the material world the evil winters are about to fall, that shall bring
the fierce, deadly frost; upon the material world the evil winters are about to fall, that shall make snow-flakes fall thick, even an aredvi deep on
the highest tops of mountains
'And the beasts that live in the wilderness and those that live on the tops of the mountains, and those that live in the bosom of the dale shall
take shelter in underground abodes.
'Before that winter, the country would bear plenty of grass for cattle, before the waters had flooded it. Now after the melting of the snow, O Yima,
a place wherein the footprint of a sheep may be seen will be a wonder in the world.
Therefore make thee a Vara, long as a riding-ground on every side of the square, and thither bring the seeds of sheep and oxen, of men, of dogs, of
birds, and of red blazing fires. Therefore make thee a Vara, long as a riding-ground on every side of the square, to be an abode for man; a Vara, long
as a riding-ground on every side of the square, for oxen and sheep. 'Two hathras long on every side' A hathra is about an English mile.
There thou shalt make waters flow in a bed a hathra long; there thou shalt settle birds, on the green that never fades, with food that never fails.
There thou shalt establish dwelling-places, consisting of a house with a balcony, a courtyard, and as gallery
'Thither thou shalt bring the seeds of men and women, of the greatest, best, and finest on this earth; thither thou shalt bring the seeds of every
kind of cattle, of the greatest, best, and finest on this earth. The best specimens of mankind, to be the origin of the more perfect races of the
'Thither thou shalt bring the seeds of every kind of tree, of the highest of size and sweetest of odour on this earth thither thou shalt bring the
seeds of every kind of fruit, the best of savour and sweetest of odour. All those seeds shalt thou bring, two of every kind, to be kept inexhaustible
there, so long as those men shall stay in the Vara. . 'The highest of size, like the cypress and the plane-tree; the sweetest of odour, like the
rose and the jessamine'
It is understood that it is the seeds of the various plant and animal species that need to be brought into the Vara in order to propogate them, and
only the best of species, the Vara has it's own internal river and lighting and can thus function as a propogation centre.
O Maker of the material world, thou Holy One! What are the lights that give light in the Vara which Yima made?
Ahura Mazda answered: 'There are uncreated lights and created lights. The one thing missed there is the sight of the stars, the moon, and the sun,
and a year seems only as a day. The endless light, which is eternal, and artificial lights. The Commentary has here the following Avestan quotation:
'The uncreated light shines from above; all the created lights shine from below.'
Within the Vara the mortals receive instruction from a mystical bird Karshipta, indeed they learn the spiritual language of the birds, it must be
considered the birds could still come and go from the Vara and thus maintain contact with the greater outside realm.
The region this is said to have occured within, the Aryan homeland, is in the region of the Pamir Mountains most likely, with the sacred river being
the Oxus that has its origins there, with the sacred plain having been the Tarim basin, a once fertile region
In terms of locating of an actual Vara of course effort is made and sites are considered, Tajik houses themselves are thought to reflect the
principles involved, being low level insular type fortress dwellings in their own right
Inside Pamiri Houses
Yima and the Deluge Text
Location of the Aryan Homeland
Study of Jamsid Mythos
In the central Pamirs, above the banks of the river Ak-Dzhilga / Ak-Jilga, in the valley of Murghab, are the remains of remote settlements and a
mining complex called Bazar-Dara and Ak-Jilga.
About 1,200 - 1,500 people lived in the settlement which included an administrative complex, a fire-temple, and a bath with sub-floor (kan) heating.
The size fits the first level of a Jamshidi Vara Water was obtained from small wells and skilfully designed water basins.
In this region, the soil is frozen most of the year and trees cannot grow. The large building that is believed to have functioned as a medieval
caravanserai, also has Vara-like features.