name of Mâhân is probably rooted in the name of
Âzar-Mâhân who was appointed by Khosrow to rule
the Nimruz province (today Kerman and Sistan &
director of Kerman Studies Center, Mohammad-Ali
Golabzadeh, who has recently released his book
“Mahan”, writes that the rule of Azar-Mahan
might be the only reason for choosing the name
was an influential governor who performed great
works in Kerman and Mahan with the support of the Sasanid
Emperor. His wide economic and civic activities in
Mahan improved the finical situation of the people
during his governorship, such that they gradually
were able to help other cities of Iran as well.
died during the reign of Hormoz, the son of
has written the book in five chapters, “Name and
Natural Geography of Mahan”, “Mahan over the
History”, “Mahan in the Travelogues”,
“Shah Nematollah Vali Monument”, and
“Cultural Status of Mahan”.
points to the Monument of Shah Nematollah Vali,
the poet, sage, Sufi and founder of an order of
dervishes, as the main reason for the fame of the
Shah Nureddin Nematollah Vali was born in Aleppo
(now in northern Syria), spending much of his
early life in Iraq including seven years in Mecca.
He then traveled to Samarqand, Herat and Yazd
before finally settling in Mahan in 1406. He is
said to have lived for one hundred years, from
1331 to 1431, and is the founder of the
Nematollahi order of Sufi dervishes who still
gather at the sanctuary in Mahan.
five kilometers south of Kerman, there lies the
city of Mahan with its gardens and monuments.
Shahzadeh Garden is worth a visit with its
charming gardens and a collection of pools leading
to a large palace. The palace was once the summer
residence of a prince though nobody is really sure
of his identity.