Today is Cheti Chand and the entire nation is busy celebrating this festival with zeal and enthusiasm. The festival of Cheti Chand marks the Sindhi New Year and the birth anniversary of Ishtadeva Uderolal, popularly known as Jhulelal, the Sindhi saint. Jhulelal is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Varun, God of Oceans. Cheti Chand also marks the arrival of spring and is celebrated on the day of new moon.
The morning of Cheti Chand begins with a visit to the temple and taking blessings from the elders. The Sindhi community celebrates the day with great fervour. A procession is taken out in public called Baharana Sahib. In this puja, an oil lamp or jyot is placed in a pot made of flour, cardamom, fruits and akha (mix of rice and sugar). Further, they take a bronze pot with a coconut in it, covered with red cloth, flowers and leaves and behind is the idol of Jhulelal.
Baharana Sahib is then taken to a nearby lake or river and immersed among singing and dancing of devotional songs. Akha is offered to Jal Devta and the Prasad is distributed among the devotees. The celebration is followed by langarsaab and a cultural programme.
On this special day, we wish you and your family a very Happy Cheti Chand and Jhulelal Jayanti 2019.