Indian Origins of Zoroastrians

Indians (Indus valley residents) and Iranians (Mesopotamians) shared a common religious past, which led historians to sometimes even term the common ancestral religion as Proto-Indo-Iranian religion. Have we ever understood the implications of this common religious past of the two communities on the historical studies of the two regions?

Zoroastrianism was the most prominent religion of Mesopotamia. It was the dominant world religion during the Persian empires (559 BC to 651 AC), and was thus the most powerful world religion at the time of Jesus. It is still practiced world-wide, especially in Iran and India (Zoroastrian in India are known as Parsi or Parsee).

When we peep into the religious beliefs of Zoroastrians or Parsees we come across their main God called Ahura Mazda. Their holy books talk about two types of people — Devas and Yazats.

They believe that Devas represent evil spirits and most importantly, they are led by the demonic evil spirit called Ahriman. On the other hand, Yazats are the followers of the Supreme God Ahur Mazda. They are the righteous people, an embodiment of everything that should be correct.

The god of the Vedic people is the evil spirit of the Zoroastrians!

According to sacred texts of ancient India, there are two types of people — Devas and Asuras. Devas were considered good beings and Asuras were considered as evil beings. As per Vedic Tradition, Brahman is the Supreme Being who has created everything in Universe. The Asuras were lead by their Guru Shukra. (According to Hinduism, Guru Shukra is God of planet Venus – Aliens?)

Do you see anything that relates the two beliefs? In today’s geographical terms, these are two communities of people who lived on either side of the current day Afghanistan, separated by a few hundred miles. 

The persons living on western side of Afghanistan were calling the evil spirit as Ahriman and the persons living on eastern side of Afghanistan call their God as Brahman. If one notices the linguistic similarities between Ahriman and Brahman we realise that Ahriman is a distortion of the Sanskrit word Brahman. The Sanskrit word was distorted to Ahriman as it travelled in Mesopotamian region thousand of years ago. The god of the Vedic people is the evil spirit of the Zoroastrians!

The evil spirits feared by the community on the west side of Afghanistan are Devas. And the good-natured gods of the Vedas on the east side of Afghanistan are also Devas. Both are the same. Zoroastrians hated the Devas of the Vedic people!

The god of the people on the left side of Afghanistan is Ahura Mazda and his follower are called Yazats. The evil spirits feared by the Vedic community on the east side of Afghanistan are called Asura. Again one can notices the linguistic similarities between Asura and Ahura Mazda, which is a distorted form of Sanskrit word Asura Mahadev, meaning Great God. Asuras of Vedic Traditions were followers of Ahura Mazda or Asura Mahadev. 

Also their is phonetic similarity between Rakshasas and Yazats. A Rakshasa is a demon or unrighteous spirit in Hinduism and the terms Asura and Rakshasa are sometimes used interchangeably. Usage of these terminologies survives to the current day, even after eons, across the scores of languages of India. Killing a demon or evil person is called Asura Vadha in Indian languages; and an extremely evil deed is even today called Rakshasic.

These two communities on either side of the present day Afghanistan were battling each other for hundreds of years or probably even thousands of years. They were battling each other for survival, each fearing that a loss would decimate their culture and everything else with it.

Battle of Devas and Asuras
Battle of Devas and Asuras

What is the source of hatred for each other? Why did they fight each other so much? 

The scriptures of both the communities once again provide the answer.

Indian scriptures tell us that their civilization was made up of two types of beings — Deva and Asura — born of the same parent. Devas, being virtuous, were the toast of all and were bestowed with most of the important and responsible posts of the world by God, while the Asuras were always downgraded by Devas. Once in a while, they waged wars with Devas to reclaim their motherland.

As per Mesopotamian legends, they were once the servants of Gods. They revolted against the Gods and were forced to left their homeland. That is how Mesopotamian came into existence. 

India was the original homeland to the two communities — a group of people called Devas and to Mesopotamian (then called Asuras). Both of them lived together in India. In the ensuing economic and civilizational progress, Devas got most of the pie, while Asurs felt left out. 

Zoroastrianism was born as a revolt against the religious setup in India. 

Because of this Zoroaster thought that there was a great deal of injustice done to his people i.e. Asuras by Devas. So he revolted against it and started rejecting the religious practices of Devas. He felt the need of a new religious set up for his people to unite them and the concept of Zoroastrianism was born. After that He left India with his followers and settled down in the region in today’s Persia and Mesopotamia.

Historians are still so confused even today because they have still not understood the events that led to the birth of Zoroastrianism and why Devas and Ahriman, who were once worshiped, were suddenly shunned as evil beings by later day Mesopotamians.

Zoroastrianism was born as a revolt against the religious setup in India. Zarathustra received his divine revelations in a mount in India and he was born in India and not in Mesopotamia. The Zoroastrianism is nothing but an offshoot of Sanatana Vedic Dharma Of India. That is why it started believing that Devas were evil spirits and Asuras were good spirits. It was a set up against the Devas and that is why they were expelled from India. This again proves the irrefutable fact that the Mesopotamian Civilization was created and founded by Ancient India. 

Read Also: The Zoroastrians or Parsees – The Forgotten Children Of India

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Very Interesting, India was Greatest civilization

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Very Interesting, India was Greatest civilization

Aalok Srivastav
I think this article is a bit far fetched. As per accepted history, the proto Indo-Europeans/ Iranians came from Central Asian steppes, and before coming to India they lived in Iran, where the proto-Indo-Iranian religion was established. The same people came to India and gave rise to the Vedic religion. In Iran, however, a prophet like figure Zarathushtra created his own religion, and to distinguish it from the original Iranian religion (which was very much similar to the ancient Vedic religion), he made certain changes. But, there are still several similarities. In India, however, Sanatan Dharma descended from the Vedic… Read more »
Mystery Of India

There are no proof off any migration. It was propaganda by Marxist Historians. Indian history is written by British and we have to change it


and there is no proof of what you are concocting. suras or devas were not living here on earth. bhuloka is where manushya are living though there were times when asura’s took over even the heavenly planets and were sent to patala not persia.

There actually is some support for the migration theory in Zoroastrian scriptures, the Avesta. The Avestan book Videvdat (or Vendidad) speaks about the original homeland of Iranians which was created beautiful by Ahura Mazda, but was plagued by evil spell of demons which summoned the terrible winters with much snow and cold temperatues which lasted for most of the year. “The first of the good lands and countries which I, Ahura Mazda, created, was the Airyana Vaeja (The broad land of Iranians), by the Vanguhi Daitya. Thereupon came Angra Mainyu, who is all death, and he counter-created the serpent in… Read more »
Shrirang Vishnu Sudrik
Dear Aalok Ji This is not far fetched article. The main thing is that we all have learnt false history of India and of Humanity for last 200 years. And we Indians do not have courage to learn our own true history because we are politically independent but we are mental slaves of the western world. Firstly there were no proto Indo Europeans ever existed. There was no migrations of any Indo Europeans into India for last six thousand years. So Aryan Invasion Theory is false. So your claim of people coming to India and creating vedic religion is absolutely… Read more »
Here is the problem with the whole Aryan migration theory. First it supposes that The so called Proto-Indo-Europeans had the means and capability to cross deserts and difficult impassable mountains even with bronze age and pre-bronze age technology. In the South Asia region, there is a huge desert called the Thar desert that acts as a barrier, and cannot be traversed by eurasian type horses; the so called proto-Indo-Europeans were a cold climate people who’s origins supposedly were in the Siberian and Central Asian steppes. South Asia is primarily a high sunlight high temperature region, not conducive to a lot… Read more »
Vikram Aditya

Great article!


There is a simple question all parsis should answer Q. WHY DID PARSEES COME TO INDIA AND NOT ANY OTHER PLACE WHEN ATTACKED BY ISLAM? …the key lies in this answer .

I am a Zoroastrian and I can say there are many inaccurate things in this article. First of all, Ahriman and Brahman cannot be the same word, because Ahriman is not the original version of the name of this Zoroastrian main evil spirit. The original name is Angra Mainyu in ancient Avestan language. Ahriman is much later Middle-Persian “corrupted” version of the original name. Angra Mainyu and Brahman are totally unsimilar words. Second, there is no connection between the words Rakshasas and Yazats. The word Yazat is derived from Avestan root yas-/yaz- meaning “to worship”. From the same root is… Read more »