|Über uns||A memorial of martyrdom (Martyrium) was built to respect the faith of Mor. Behanam sahada|
St. Behanan (Mar Behanam) was the prince of a country called 'Asoor'. Traditionally, the king and the people of Asoor were 'fire worshipers'. The king of Asoor - father of St. Behanan - Senharib was no exception. But he and the royal family were worried about a kind of leprosy which had affected the princess Sara.
In A D 361, Julian (Julian the apostate) became the emperor of Rome. He hated Christians and tried to eradicate Christianity from his empire. Many Christian monks who lived in monasteries near river Tigris fled away. One among them was Mar Mathai, who went to Persia and lived in a mountain. He was a godly man and many people used to visit him, especially to be healed by him.
One day, prince Behanan had gone to hunt and saw a large deer. He followed it, but could not catch it. Following the deer, he reached the valley of the mountain were Mar Mathai lived. They had to camp in the valley and during that night, Behanan had a dream. In the dream, an angel told Behanan that there is a saint living on the peak of the mountain and that he shall show him the way to eternity.
Prince Behanan followed the words of the angel in the dream and climbed the mountain in the morning. He reached the place of Mar Mathai and there he saw the deer that he had followed the previous day. It had a Cross on its forehead. Mar Mathai introduced the prince to the word of gospel and told him that anyone who believed in Jesus, the Son of God, shall live for ever. The prince invited Mar Mathai to his country and told him about the illness of his sister.
Mar Mathai started for Asoor, but did not enter into the town. So, Behanan brought his sister to the saint. He spoke to the princess about Jesus and the miracles that he had done. She believed in the gospel and decided to get baptised. She was baptised by Mar Mathai. When she got out of water, everyone were wondered to find that her illness was cured.
The prince Behanan and some people along with him believed in Jesus Christ and requ