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Jaipur's Sindhis celebrate Jhulelal Jayanti and their New Year
On March 20, Sunday, Japur's Sindhis kicked off the festivities of Cheti Chand with a prayer ceremony at Motidungri Ganesh temple followed a procession, fair and worship sessions at Jhule Lal temples in the city.

The celebrations also marked Sindhi New Year festivities coinciding with the birth of the community's patron saint Jhulelal Sai believed to be an incarnation of Lord Varuna - the Water God. Cheti Chand fair or 'Cheti Chand jo Melo' in Jaipur is quite popular with Sindhis, Punjabis and Sikhs

In other words, Sindhi New Year is also being celebrated as Jhulelal Jayanti. It is celebrated on the second day of the Chaitra Shukla Paksh as per the Hindu calendar. Being the major festival, it is Celebrated by the Sindhi Diaspora across the world in honor of the birth of their patron saint Ishtadeva Uderolal, popularly known as Jhulelal.

On this day Sindhis cook the traditional black gram and sweet rice pudding or 'meethi tehri' and festivities are held for youngsters and newlyweds who deck up in colourful suits and Sharis to take part in traditional Chej dance held by various Sindhi social groups. Jaipur Sindhi Mahanagar Samiti plays an important role the city-wide celebration of the festival.

As the legend goes, it was in 10th Century AD that Sindh Desh's tyrant king from the Sumras dynasty called Mirkshah disturbed the religious harmony between Hindu and Muslim Sindhis by ordering all the Sindhi Hindus to embrace Islam or be killed.

It is said that both Hindu and Muslim Sindhis got united to pray to the Water God for mercy who promised the birth of the divine child in Nasarpar to save them from the tortures of Mirkshah. This child later came to be known as Saint Jhulelal who changed the mindset of the tyrant ruler and restored amity.

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