Origin of the name VARTAVAR.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name VARTAVAR.
name meaning "flaming of the rose." See Boettiger's note
same Mufti was a strong personal friend of one of the leading Protestant
Armenians who was our special friend and adviser, and tried in every way
to save him from exile, but in vain. When Vartavar Agha left, the
Mufti took possession of his house and all his properties for him.
He also said he would stand as protector of the Americans and the
American compound after Vartavar Agha was gone... (The Missionary
Herald at Home and Abroad,
meaning "flaming of the rose," was celebrated in pagan times
in honor of Anahit, goddess of chastity, at midsummer. The central
act of the festival was the offering of a dove and a rose to her golden
image. With the introduction of Christianity the temple and the
image were destroyed, and it may be noted that upon the site of the
Temple of Anahit in Vagharshapat was built the Cathedral of Etchmiadzin.
This would lead to the strange conclusion that in the vision of St.
Gregory, Jesus Christ descended upon a pagan temple. The fact
seems to be that this marvelous vision was seen by a pious monk who
published a life of St. Gregory some two or three centuries after the
Illumintor's death. But the festival became the "Festival of
the Transfiguration of Christ," although the name Vartavar still
remains, and doves are still set flying. (Armenian Legends and
Festivals, Boettiger, 1920)