- Maneckji Limji Hataria (1813-1890)
- A bronze bust of Maneckji Limji Hataria is placed in the Atash Behram at Yezd.
Maneckji Limji Hataria had the religious buildings renovated, organised jashans and gahambars, arranged for the marriage of destitute Zarthusti girls. He got the jaziya tax that was levied on Zarathustis waived.
After 28 years of efforts, in 1865, his book Ezhare Shiaate Iran was published. In appreciation of his services, the Fund presented him a certificate and a purse of Rs. 20,185. Besides being the Fund’s representative in Iran, he carried out trade and had great influence at the royal court. He put an end to animal sacrifices in Yezd.
For thirty years he devoted himself to bettering the conditions of the Iranian Zoroastrians. He repaired and rebuilt atash behrams and dokhmas. By. 1882 twelve boys’ schools had been established in Teheran, Kerman, Yezd and the surrounding villages.
He died at Teheran on 15th feb. 1890 at the age of 73.
Here are reproduced the pages 55 through 115 of the original edition of the book of Hataria (see here for the translation of this text in English) :