Mumbai, Oct 13: Parsi community is running an online campaign to protest against the planned route of Mumbai Metro in Girguam. Parsis said they want the route to be changed so that Mumbai Metro and commuters don’t pass under two fire temples in Girguam where the Zoroastrians worship. The members of the community on Thursday also stopped engineers of Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation from taking measurements at the Metro 3 project site.

In the online petition at Change.cog, Parsis said the construction of tunnels for Mumbai Metro under two temples, which contain “holy fire”, would desecrate their sanctity, forcing nature to exact its revenge. A tunnel will pass directly below the “Sanctum Sanctorum where the holy fire is enthroned” of the Wadia temple, they said.

“The fires are consecrated entities; living vibrant beings who are intermediaries between God and mankind. To keep these holy entities safe from physical and spiritual pollution, they are segregated from the outside world by magnetic circuits which are drawn at the time of their enthronement,” the online petition says.

“Once the tunnel for the Metro is dug under the premises, the magnetic circuits will be breached and the negative forces of physical and spiritual pollution will attack the holy fires with full force, thus diminishing their spiritual powers. If these Holy Fires are defiled, the backlash from Nature will not spare those responsible!” the petition adds.

Protesting against the construction of tunnels under fire temples, Paris blocked attempts by Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation engineers to take measurements at the Metro 3 project site. “Two junior engineers from the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation were sent to take measurements at the Wadiaji Atash Behram. But they had no letter with them and we cannot allow any non-Parsi to enter the temple. We asked them to come back with written letters stating their purpose,” Pervez Cooper, the vice-president of Clean Heritage Colaba Residents’ Association, was quoted as saying.

Nearly 60,000 Parisi live in India. They arrived more than 1,000 years ago after fleeing persecution in Persia. Parsis, also known as Zoroastrians, follow the teachings of the ancient Prophet Zoroaster, viewing fire as the symbol of god’s purity.