JNN 23 Jan 2013 Karbala : The new zarih (outer sarcophagus enclosure) for the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (AS) was unveiled in Karbala during a ceremony on Tuesday.
A number of Iranian and Iraqi officials attended the ceremony, the Persian language media outlets announced.
A group of Iranian artisans began to dismantle the old zarih on January 11 and completed installing the new one on Monday.
Iran’s Center for Reconstruction of Holy Shrines has financed all stages of designing and building the zarih.
The center spent about 140 billion rials (about $11.5 million) to make the zarih.
The zarih, which weighs over 12 tons, is made of gold, silver, copper, steel, and teakwood. The latest techniques were used in lighting the structure. In addition, crystals with the ability to change the color of the lighting have been installed inside it.
Prominent Iranian miniaturist Mahmud Farshchian was commissioned by the Zarih-making Board of Trustees in Qom in 2007 to design the zarih. He completed the design in March 2011.
Afterwards, a large group of Iranian artists and artisans in the city of Qom was hired to build it.
The construction was put on display at the Masumieh Seminary in Qom after its completion on September 27, 2012.
People in the city bid a fond farewell to the zarih on November 26 and afterwards it began a tour across Iran and then arrived in Karbala, Iraq on December 13.
People made cash and gold offerings in every city in which zarih arrived.
The old zarih is scheduled to be transferred to Iran to be put on display at the Astan-e Qods Razavi Library and Museum in Mashhad.
The zarih had been made by artisans from the Zaydi sect in India about 70 years ago.
After the new windowed cage for the holy tomb of Imam Hussein (p.b.u.h) has arrived in Kerbala holy city on 14-Dec-2012, and after the Fortieth pilgrimage of Imam Hussein has been finished; the deputy Secretary-General of the Imam Hussein holy shrine Sayed Afdhal EL-Shamy has held a meeting with the committee assigned to installing the new holy windowed cage in the presence of the board of trustees of the Imam Hussein holy shrine.
Sayed EL-Shamy; during the meeting explained the process and program of replacing the new holy windowed cage with the old one which would be followed, in addition to determining the time for the replacement process.
He also mentioned that the closest entries to the holy windowed cage would be blocked temporarily in five days whereas the rest of the sanctuary remains open. The process of lifting the old holy windowed cage takes about 10-15 days, the area around the holy tomb would accurately be check by geometricians since the new holy windowed cage is approximately 4 tons heavier than the old one, then the new one would be installed. The whole process would take about 40-60 days to be completely achieved.
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