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Jaipur celebrates Jhule Lal Jayanti with devotion and gaiety
A Shobha Yatra was organized by Pujaya Sindhi Panchayat in Jaipur on the pious occasion of Jhule Lal Jayanti. Flower petals were showered on the people singing devotional songs. Various temples of Water Deity or Varun Devta Jhule Lal were flocked by the devout for worship and prayers on April 6.

In Jaipur, the festival is also marked by Cheti Chand fair to the birth anniversary of Jhulelal and Sindhi New Year with great devotion, gaiety and fervour.

Jhulelal, also known as Daryalal, is worshipped in many forms as a part of the Daryapanthi or Daryahi sect which worships the Indus - an Ancient River worship or water worship. Jhulelal is believed to be an incarnation of Varuna Devta or Water God.

Moreover, Jhulelal and the composite sect of saints are also known interchangeably as the Zinda Pir. Historians and sociologists inform that the Sindhi culture is highly influenced by Sufi tenets, doctrines and principles.

Some of the popular cultural icons of the Shindis, cutting across Hindu and Muslim Sindhis, are Raja Dahir, Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Jhulelal, Sachal Sarmast and Shambumal Tulsiani.

The famous Sindhi spiritual guru late Sadhu Vaswani has said, "Man must learn to walk alone. Live in fellowship with all, but in the heart within, know that you are alone. You belong to no one: no one belongs to you! Alone and empty-handed must you wend your way to the Alone."

The spiritual message of the saint patron of Sindhis, Jhulelal, as understood by me is being said in a haiku:

Seek in your own self.

The God within speaks with you to realize true self.

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