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Sindhi and Agarwal communities of Jaipur celebrate their festivals
Both the Sindhi and the Agrawal communities of Jaipur celebrated their respective festivals of Asu Chand and Agrasen Jayanti with devotion and gaiety by organising Shobha Yatras, discourses and cultural programmes at public and institutional levels on October 10.

The Asu Chand festival was organised at Jhulelal temple in Sanganer locality of Jaipur by Pujaya Sindhi Panchayat of the city. The festival was marked by flag hoisting, cultural programme, Pallav event and prayers.

Ashu Chand is the Nirvana Divas of Lord Jhulelal. Besides the main festival in Sananer, various Jhulelal temples and Sindhi community halls in the city also organised events on their premises.

Various Shindhi cultural organisations like Akhil Bhartiya Samaj, Pujaya Sindhi Panchayat Samiti, Akhil Rajasthan Sindhi Parishad, Sindhi educational institutions and academies as usual organised various events like fairs, cultural shows, devotional singing, discourses and seminars to mark the occasion.

Shindhis have a rich and clearly distinct cultural heritage and their most important festivals are the birthday of Lord Jhulelal, Cheti Chand and his Nirwan Diwas, Asu Chand. Besides these two festivals, they celebrate Baisakhi and Teej in big way along with participating in various Hindu and Sikh festivals.

Also, the 5142th Maharaja Agarsen Jayanti was celebrated with pomp and show by the Agrawal community of Jaipur which rums many many business enterprises and educational institutions in the city. This time, a three-week festival called "Agrasen Jayanti Mahotava" is being oranised under the auspices of Agrawal Samaj Samiti that will conclude on October 24. Various events such  Agra Chetna Marathon race, grand procession, cultural shows, etc., have been planned in various localties of  Jaipur.

"Maharaja Agrasen is known as icon of non-violence, messenger of Peace, Maharaja Agrasen was an embodiment of sacrifice, compassion, non-violence, peace, prosperity and a true socialist," writes a website of the community.

It is held that Maharaja Agrasen undertook a severe penance to propitiate Lord Shiva in the city of Kashi. It is believed that pleased with the penance of Agrasen, Lord Shiva appeared and advised him to propitiate Goddess Mahalakshmi. He was blessed and directed to take up the Vaishya tradition of business by giving up his Kshatriya traditionfor for the sake of prosperity of his people.

The literature on him informs that he travelled all over India to select a place for a new kingdom, which he did, and it was called Agroha. He turned it into a land of rich agricultural produce and ethical trade, wherein peace and prosperity reined.

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