Chet-i-Chand

Cheti Chand is the New Year’s of Sindhi community, or so to say the Jhulelal Jayanti. According to the Hindu Calendar, it is the second day of the month of Chaitra (i.e., a day after Ugadi and Gudi Padwa). The Sindhi community celebrates the festival of Cheti Chand in honour of the birth of Ishtadeva Uderolal, also known as Jhulelal, the patron saint of the Sindhis. This day is considered to be very auspicious and is celebrated with pomp and gaiety. On this day, people worship water – the elixir of life.

Followers of Jhulelal observe Chaliho Sahab. It suggests that for forty long days and nights they underwent rituals and vigil on the bank of Sindhu. During the Chaliho they do not shave, nor do they wear new clothes or shoes. They do not use soap or oil or any opulent thing. They just wash their clothes, dry them and wear them again. In the evening, they worship Varun (Vedic deity of water and cosmic order), sing songs in his praise and pray for solace and salvation. After 40 days of Chaaliho, the followers of Jhulelal celebrate the occasion with festivity as ‘Thanks Giving Day’ even till today.

On this day, many Sindhis take Baharana Sahib to a nearby river or lake. Baharana Sahib consists of Jyot (Oil lamp), Misiri (Crystal Sugar), Fota (Cardamom), Fal (Fruits), and Akha. Behind is Kalash (Water jar) and a Nariyal (Coconut) in it, covered with cloth, phool (flowers) and patta (leaves). There is also a Murti (statue) of Pujya Jhulelal Devta (Pujya=Worthy of worship, Devta=Deity).

 

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  1. Daniel Peterson says:

    I do not know much of all deities worshiped by all peoples. I found much wisdom in leaders or gurus, I suppose they are called, such as Bakhtivedanta Swami Prabhupada of the Krishna faith. I found some of the words inspiring and enlightening. Thankful for their teachings and writings. I felt a sense of inclusiveness to humanity in the writings, as well as sincerity. I had a very different upbringing and background, and I hold to other beliefs than these Krishna deities that I may have learned about. Nonetheless, I still feel like I am a citizen of the planet and not of one race or nationality, particular creed or dogma. And I thank you for sharing, as the reverence for water. Life is better for even the understanding every little bit more about water that I can or may today.

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