Cheti Chand

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In brief

It is observed on the first day of the month of Chaitra. Chaitra is known as Cheti in Sindhi, hence Cheti Chand. It falls on the same day as that of Gudi Padwa which is the New Year day in Maharashtra and Ugadi in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Cheti Chand is celebrated in honor of the birth of Jhulelal, the patron saint of the Sindhis. People celebrate it by taking Baharana Sahib, consisiting of an idol of Jhulelal Devta, a lamp, Misiri, Phota, Fal, Akha to a nearby river. Image Courtesy: www.4.bp.blogspot.com

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In brief
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The Origin

Legend has it that, a dictator named Mirkhshah used to exploit the people. The people prayed on the bank of the Sindhu river. They worshipped God Varun, sang songs in his praise and prayed for their salvation. On the 40th the River god appeared and took the form of Jhulelal, son to Devaki and Rattanchand of Nasarpur on Cheti Chand. The cradle would swing on its own; hence the child got the name 'Jhulelal'. Mirkhshah heard of this child and later Godly involvement led to the defeat of Mirkshah. Image Courtesy: www.udaipurblog.com

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The Origin
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Summary

The day holds importance that on this day Varun Dev appeared as Uderolal on the first day of Chet month to save Sindhis from the dictatorship of a ruler. The main festival starts with the worships of Jhulelal and Bahrano. Men perform the folk dance, Chej on sindhi music before Jhulelal. Aarti of the Sea God of the Sindhis, Jhoolelal Saint is done. The day offers the advantage of worshipping water â€" the elixir of life. Image Courtesy: 3.bp.blogspot.com

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Baharana Sahib

Baharana Sahib Consists of Jyot, Sugar Candy, Phota, Fruits, Akha. Behind is a Bronze Pot and a Coconut in it, covered with Cloth, Flowers, Leaves and Idol of God Jhulelal. On this day Baharana Sahib is taken to nearby River or Lake.

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Baharana Sahib
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Decoration

An earthen wheat lamp with five wicks is lit on a bronze plate which is filled with rice grains, pure ghee and vermillion; called Jyot Jagan is performed. Wheat Modaks decorated with vermillion, cardamom, almonds and cloves, topped with a large piece of refined sugar (Misri) and sprinkled with little water and unboiled milk surrounded with garland are also kept near it. Image Courtesy: www.abudhabi.sindhidb.com

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Decoration
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Sweets

Guji Deg (Tahiree) is a kind of sweet rice prepared to offer it to Jhulelal. This rice is prepared with pure ghee, cardamom, saffron, sugar, milk, water and rice. Channa (gram) and sweet rice are distributed as Prasad.

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Sweets
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Lord Ganesha

Lord Ganesha, also called the Vignaharta, the remover of obstacles is installed and worshipped. The Stutis in praise of Jhulelaal Devta are sung which are known as Panjras. These are then followed by Bhajans, sung in the praise of lord Jhulelaal. Image Courtesy: 3.bp.blogspot.com

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Lord Ganesha
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Chhejj dance

The vigor, enthusiasm, abundance and rhythm of Chhejj dance takes the worshiper into dream. The dancers make a circle with sticks in their hands and clap their sticks with the rhythm of the drum and to the tune of the Trumpet. It is performed by men only.

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Chhejj dance
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Prayer

After the much enjoyment in dance Aaarti is performed, where songs are sung, in the praise of Jhulelal. People seek the blessings of good and welfare of all by spreading the lower part of the shirt or Kurta. This is called Pallav ceremony. Holy water is sprinkled on the parishioners, which is called Chhando. Image Courtesy: www.i.ytimg.com

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Prayer
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Chhejj procession

The young and old all performing "Chhej" in the procession march to the river front or sea shore. Bahrano Saheb is immersed in the water along with rice and sugar prasad called "Akho" among the singing of Lal Sain's Panjras and Palav to seek his grace. Image Courtesy: www.2.bp.blogspot.com

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Chhejj procession
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