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Karbala to Receive New Zarih of Imam Hussain (AS)

In a formal ceremony yesterday, the new Zarih (brassy lattice windows surrounding the holy shrine) of Imam Hussein (AS) will arrive in Karbala, Iraq. 

A number of Iraqi religious figures and officials as well as ordinary people will be present in the ceremony, Wila Saffar, a media official of the Astan (custodianship) of the holy shrine said.

He noted that the Zarih, which was built in the holy city of Qom in six years, weighs 12 tons, Baratha news agency reported.

According to Mr. Saffar, gold, silver, precious stones and 5 tons of wood have been used to construct the artwork.

Previously, Hassan Palarak who heads the Headquarters for Reconstruction of Atabat Aliyat (holy Shia sites in Iraq) described the new Zarih as one of the most beautiful Zarihs ever built, noting that much effort had been put in making it from artistic, technical and structural aspects.

Palarak said that the Zarih was designed by prominent Iranian miniaturist Master Mahmoud Farshchian and top masters in the fields of calligraphy, Monabbat (wood-carving), Ghalam-zani (toreutics, metal-working), etc have worked on the Zarih, which measures 22.86 meters in area.