Jaipur Sindhis to celebrate Cheti Chand fortnight
Jaipur-based Cheti Chand Mela Samiti will be organising annual fortnightly Sindhi fair from March 9 this year. The fair will begin with worship of Lord Ganesha at Moti Dungari and Shishmahal Jhulelal temple at Agrwal farm. Also, the traditional Sidhi Chhej dance will be performed to officially kick off the fair.
Jaipur has a notable Sindhi community. Jhulelal is worshipped by the local Sindhi community and is associated with Lord Varuna or the Sea God. Apart from the fair, prayers, rituals, cultural celebrations, philanthropic and welfare activities will be organized by Sindhi community during the coming fortnight.
The legend of Jhulelal is closely related to the oneness of God of Hinduism. It is believed that Jhulelal had convinced a tyrannical ruler of Sindh, Mirkshah, to treat Hindus and Muslims equally. He is revered by Hindus by several names like Lal Sai, Uderolal, Varun Dev, Doolhalal, Dariyalal and Zinda Pir.
In the most common form in Sindhi temples, Jhulelal is represented as a bearded man sitting cross-legged on a lotus flower that rests on a palla fish floating on the Sindhu river. He holds a sacred text and wearing golden crown with a peacock feather.