Cheti Chand festivities by Sindhis today
What’s Pachadi is to the Telugus ‘Thadal’ is to the Sindhis. What’s Pulgihora is to a Telugu Sai Bhajji and Pulao is during the Chetri Chand festivity or the new year to the Sindhis, and these delicacies will be part of the celebrations being held in the twin cities on April 6 both in Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
Secunderabad: What's Pachadi is to the Telugus 'Thadal' is to the Sindhis. What's Pulgihora is to a Telugu Sai Bhajji and Pulao is during the Chetri Chand festivity or the new year to the Sindhis, and these delicacies will be part of the celebrations being held in the twin cities on April 6 both in Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
This year, the Sindhis of the twin cities will be celebrating Cheti Chand, the beginning of the Hindu New Year, with pomp and gaiety at Secunderabad by Sri Sindhi Satsang Darbar and at Hyderabad by the Sri Sindhi Guru Sanghat Sabha on April 6.
The festival coincides with Ugadi in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, Gudi Padva in Maharashtra and other festivities in different parts of the country. According to Rocha Jethwani, the president and Prakash Moolchandani Secretary of the Sri Sindhi Satsang Darbar, Secunderabad, the festival marks the arrival of spring and harvest but it also marks the birth of Uderolal in the year 1007 after they prayed to Hindu God Varun Dev to save the Sindhi Hindus from the persecution of a tyrannical ruler Mirkshah.
He as Jhulelal became the champion and the Ishth Guru and since then he is prayed as Uderolal after whom the famous song 'Dama Dam Masth Kalandar' has now gained prominence with every community.
In Secunderabad, the event will start with a pooja and culminate with the Langar (Community Lunch) and over a thousand Sindhis will congregate at the Darbar from morning.
Ashok Vaswani, the former president, Govind Bacchani, president, Narendar Chandani, secretary, Dilip Tilwani, member, point out that this year like every year there will be celebrations at Hyderabad Sri Sindhi Satsang Darbar with the Bhairana Sahib being organised. The Bhairana Sahib consists of an oil lamp crystal sugar or Mishri, cardamom fruits and a plant behind which is a kalash covered with coconut and cloth.
There is also the statue of the Jhulelal Devta placed before it and is prayed. During the earlier times, annual fairs were held as there was a state now in Pakistan, but now it is held with pooja, feast and procession which includes a Jhanki (glimpse) of the culture. Both the Hyderabad and Secunderabad organisations appealed to the Sindhis to participate in the Bahairana Sahib being held and also in the langar celebrations in large numbers.
The Cheti Chand festival commemorates the birth anniversary of the Sindhi saint Jhulelal or Lord Varun and is considered highly auspicious by the Sindhi community.