Golvardi Ghandian

Born: 1912, Sangsar

Murdered in Qoroq on 7 September 1989


Golvardi Ghandian was born into a Muslim family.  When he was 23 years old he became a Baha’i.  In 1958, he pioneered to the village of Qoroq, Gorgan and helped establish the first Local Spiritual Assembly[1] there.  During his lifetime he faced much persecution for his adherence to the Faith.  In Qoroq he was often abused verbally, his home and cattle were stoned and his electricity and water were disconnected. 

Finally, at 3 am on 7 September 1989 a group of men broke into Golvardi Ghandian’s home, tied up his wife and strangled him to death.  His body was laid to rest by his family in the cemetery of Fazelabad, Gorgan in accordance with Baha’i law.


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[1] Local Spiritual Assembly: a nine-member administrative body elected annually by the Baha’is of a particular area, tasked with overseeing the affairs of the Baha’i community of that area.