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Then the Ghaznavid ruler, Sultan Maḥmud, pledged to add Sanjān to his kingdom.His army advanced on Sanjān “like a black cloud.” The Parsis stood alongside the Hindus. The sultan’s forces included not only horsemen but elephants “…He appears to have gone without any letters of introduction, indeed with no knowledge of Persian, so he spent a year in Yazd learning the language while earning a living by trading in dates. They praised Chāngā Āsā for negotiating freedom from the poll tax for Navsari Parsis.The reply he brought back in 1478 was addressed to Chāngā Āsā, as well as to the leaders of the various settlements (S. Sanjān is not named among the settlements greeted in the , namely Navsari (which had always the largest number of people addressed), Surat, Ankleshwar, Broach, and Cambay (or Khambat).The period of Mughal rule (1573-1660) was a time of relative peace and security, in contrast to the earlier period of oppressive rule from the Delhi Sultanate (13th-15th cent.).) was established, allocating different areas to the religious care of specified priestly lineages.Some of the regions, for instance, Sanjān and Navsari, long predate that period. The problem was a delicate one, because Parsi priests then (and now) are not paid a salary for rites performed.
The is, however, important as an indicator of the Parsis’ own perception of their settlement in India.
He also stressed that their women observed strict purity laws.
In short, the settlement in India was written in the stars, their safe arrival was due to divine aid, and they were not asked to forsake any significant aspects of their religion; indeed Zoroastrianism shared much in common with that of the Hindus.
We do not have a precise date when these agreements were reached.
The oldest manuscript detailing them is dated 1543 (Sanjana, pp. The Panthaks were: (1) Sanjān between the rivers Pardi to Dahanu (nowadays based in Udwada); (2) Navsari between the rivers Pardi to Variav and the River Tapti; (3) Godavra, from Variav to River Narmada near Broach; (4) Pahruc from Ankleshwar to Cambay; and (5) Cambay.