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Cheti Chand April 2021
October 7 @ 5:53 am UTC+0
Cheti Chand is one of the most essential festivals of the Sindhi community and is commemorated in the cachet of the birth of Sindhi Philanthropist Saint Jhulelal. This festival is celebrated as the Sindhi New year and it falls on the second day of the brighter lunar fortnight (Shukla Paksha) in Chaitra month. On this eve, people pray for prosperity and riches to the mighty Lord Varun (Deity of Water). As Jhulelal is considered to be an incarnation of the Deity of Water. Cheti Chand not only holds religious importance but it also equally boasts the traditional values & beliefs of the Sindhu community as well.
Cheti Chand Pooja Vidhi
A huge procession is carried out to toast the quintessence of Cheti Chand. On this occasion, people unite and ignite pretty lamps and diyas as they paint the town red. Let’s see the process of celebrating Cheti Chand.
1. Cheti Chand gets going right from the morning by visiting temples and by getting the blessings of the elderly.
2. Sindhis take Baharana Sahib to a nearby river or lake. Maharana Sahib comprises of Jyot (Oil Lamp), Misri (Crystal Sugar), Fal (Fruits), Malachi (Cardamom), Akha and behind is the Kalash (Water jar), a Nariyal (Coconut) in it, covered with Phool (flowers), cloth and patta (leaves). People perform the traditional pooja using all the necessary ingredients mentioned above followed by visarjan. The motive of this tradition is to offer your regard towards the almighty for their blessings and to get food for marine living things.
3. It also consists of a Murti (Idol or the sculpture) of worthy Jhulelal Devta. Sindhis hail each other with Cheti Chand just Lakh Lakh Wadayun on Cheti Chand.
4. Devotees worship the Lord of Water- Varun and also observe Chaliho Sahab which is almost a forty-day ritual performed on the banks of the river Sindhu. On this special day, Sindhis proffer prayers to River God to safeguard themselves from the evils this world presents and let them prevail in peace.
5. As per the Sindhi tradition, it is auspicious that the newborns are tonsure (Mundan) on this holy day.