Tower of Silence, also known as the dakhma or funerary tower, is where deceased Zoroastrians are exposed to the sky to be devoured by scavenger birds—it’s known as a ‘sky burial’. According to the community’s belief, a dead body is impure not only because of its deterioration and infection but also because evil spirits conquer it quickly. Consequently, cremation and burial are considered inappropriate, and the use of dakhma is the most consecrated way of coping with the dead. For more than four centuries, the Zoroastrian or Parsi community has been integral to the history and the growth of Mumbai.
TitleTower of Silence, Bombay
Period1880s - 1900s
DimensionsWith mount - H:32.9 cm x W:41 cm; Without mount - H: 18.8 cm x W: 23.2 cm